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Meteorite impact belemnite of Ries crater

Meteorite impact belemnite of Ries crater

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Tiny evidence of a massive event. The result of a meteorite impact 14.5 million years ago in Ries Germany. This is a calcite belemnite rostra - already a fossil over 100 million years old at the time of the impact - which was shattered below ground in the claystone and marlstone rock where it was deposited under the impact site. Over the ensuing million years silicates leached into the cavities to re-fuse a structure now looking like a rattler's tail.

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