People look for meteorites – level 2

02-07-2021 07:00

A meteorite is a piece of rock which falls from the sky, and it can weigh from a few grams to more than 60 tons. Scientists think that meteorites come from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Morocco is a country where many meteorites fall, and people called meteorite hunters search large areas to find them. Sometimes they spend months walking through the dunes until they find something. When they find a meteorite, they write all the details about it into a technical card. They write exactly where they found it, and they take a picture of the place.

Meteorites are very important for scientists, but many meteorites end up in museums around the world. In 2016, Abderrahmane Ibhi created a university in Adagir, Morocco, where scientists study meteorites. They want meteorites to stay in Morocco because meteorites are an important part of the country´s geology.

Difficult words: asteroid belt (a place near Earth where many asteroids are together), dune (a hill of sand near a beach or in a desert), geology (the study of rocks and earth).

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