New research illuminating the Dark Age of Geology

A new study led by researchers at Macquarie University has shed some light on the earlier history of planet Earth. The study found that giant meteorite impacts may have helped to kick-start our planet’s global tectonic processes and magnetic field.

Published in Nature Geoscience, the study explores the effect of meteorite strikes on the early Earth, with the findings suggesting that these impacts could have drastically altered our planet’s evolution and aided in the formation the life-supporting planet that we know today.

Craig O’Neill the director of the Planetary Research Centre at Macquarie University and Associate Professor in geodynamics and planetary science is the lead author of the study. He spoke to Nic about the findings.

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