Meteor impact trapped ancient swamp plants in glass

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2015-07-06 16:39:49

Just in from New Scientist Magazine: this image of a carbon-bearing inclusion from Darwin glass was produced using X-ray absorption. Dark spots indicate the honeycomb-like pockets thought to have formed when water in plant material boiled off at the time of impact. Panspermia, also assumes that the organic compounds essential to life as we know it can survive the extreme pressures and temperatures of a crash-landing, carrying the building blocks of life from one planet to another!
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