People look for meteorites – level 3

02-07-2021 07:00

A meteorite is a fragment of rock or iron from outer space that survives the trip through the atmosphere to reach the surface of the earth.

Meteorites are believed to originate in the asteroid belt between the planets of Mars and Jupiter. A meteorite may be in size from less than a gram to more than 60 tons.

Meteorites, prevalent in Morocco, help expand scientific research, and meteorite hunters like Ali Lamghari spend months roaming the sand dunes searching for them. Sometimes they find a meteorite and sometimes they don´t. When they do, they complete a technical card for it, record the GPS coordinates of the place, and they take a picture of the exact spot where the sample was found.

More than 50% of the meteorites that are in international museums or laboratories were found in Morocco, and they give great scientific information. On this basis, the University Museum of Meteorites was established in Adagir, Morocco, in 2016. Its aim is to preserve meteorite samples and to limit Morocco´s loss of its geological history that is sold to foreigners and international museums.

Difficult words: prevalent (widespread), roam (to move or travel over a wide area), coordinates (a set of numbers that show an exact position of something).

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