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Meteorites ‘buried in ice’ by the Sun

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Antarctica is one of the best places to hunt for meteorites

New research suggests there could be a layer of iron-rich meteorites hidden just under the Antarctic ice.

The churning of glaciers spews many space rocks out on to the surface in Antarctica, but compared to elsewhere on Earth, few of them are made of iron.

Based on modelling and lab experiments, scientists say the missing metallic rocks might be burying themselves, by melting the ice as sunlight heats them.

To prove their idea, the team now wants to look for the rocks themselves.

“The study is proposing a hypothesis – these samples should be there. We just have to go and locate them,” said Dr Katherine Joy from the University of Manchester, a co-author of the paper published in Nature Communications.

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