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Mars Fire Opals could be a proof of life in the Red Planet

Mars Fire Opals could be a proof of life in the Red Planet

Opal found on Mars

A small fragment of fire opal in a meteorite in Mars could show proof of life on the Red Planet.

Researchers on 2015 from Glasgow University have found traces of fire opal, taken from the famous Nakhla meteorite in Egypt in 1911 and housed at the National Museum of History, London, in a 1.7 gram (1/20 ounce) sample.

The discovery of the fire opal affirmed data gathered during NASA’s imagery and Martian Surface exploration. NASA identified opal and other mineral deposits, such as olivine (non-precious peridot version). Opal is essential because the gemstone known in and around the warm springs is also known for its beautiful orange, yellow, and red display of color.

Shot of Mars
Researchers on 2015 from Glasgow University have found traces of fire opal. Shot of Mars by NASA

Based on this data, a potential Mars exploration and research into the life proof on the world could concentrate on the study of opal in the scientific journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science. These results were disclosed in an article.

On 28 June 1912, on Earth collapsed the Nakhla meteorite named for the town where it landed. Approximately 22 pounds (around 40 pieces) of the meteorite was spread over 3 miles of the surface. About four pounds wore the most significant part. Some pieces had been integrated into the ground, three feet.

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Scientists think that a strong effect of unknown origin has hit the meteorite on the face of Mars. Witnesses in Egypt revealed that a path with a column of white smoke had approached the meteorite from the west.

In some states, including Mexico and Brazil, standard opals are mainly mined in Australia, but fire opals are also present. In its chemical composition, fire opal receives its burning color from fine traces of iron oxide. They are hard to scratch from 6 to 6.5, which implies that in fine jewelry, particularly as a ring, they are sensitive to scratching and require a protected environment.

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