Organics Preserved in Ancient Meteorite-Formed Glass
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Scientists have found organics from Earth's swamp trapped inside of glass created by a meteor impact almost a million years ago. The tiny pockets, only micrometers across, contain material such as cellulose and proteins. Though the impact glass was found on Earth, scientists say that similar samples could have been thrown into space by this or other blasts, allowing organics to be transported from one planet to another.
Approximately 800,000 years ago, a rock 100 to 160 feet (30 to 50 meters) across crashed down in Western Tasmania, Australia. As it slammed into the Earth, temperatures exceeded 1,700 degrees Celsius (3,100 degrees Fahrenheit), melting rock and creating glass sphericals, as well as a quarter-mile wide hole known as the Darwin Crater
"The reason the glass is so abundant seems likely to relate to the presence of volatiles like water at the surface when the impact occurred," lead author Kieren Howard of the City University of New York told Astrobiology by email.
"A bit like when water from your spatula drips into a frying pan, having the right amount of water at the surface during impact may have increased the magnitude of the explosion, and the production and dispersal of the melt."
The challenge, he noted, is discovering the tiny inclusions. Still, on Earth at least, the capture of organics could be more abundant than previous finds have indicated.
"To the uniformitarian mind of a geologist, finding a discovery like ours suggests it’s a product of a common process," Howard said.
"Ultimately, impacts are impacts and organics are abundant -- and apparently more resilient than we ever predicted, at least in terrestrial settings."
Seems like there is no room for another explanation then hard hitting "impacts".
If you look at another explanation of creation of tiny glass pockets, then the creation of material such as cellulose and proteins maybe easier explained. How about an electric discharge phenomenon ?
The whole picture changes with electric discharges. At the moment this happens the glass, melted rock, cellulose and proteins could have been created...within a couple of seconds or milliseconds.
Aren't there any empirical experiments that point to this alternative explanation ?