May 23
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Researchers from Switzerland and Belgium have found that the Antarctic meteorites are at risk due to global warming.

According to the results of a research published in the journal Nature Climate Change, about 9,000 meteorites disappear from the surface of the ice sheet for every tenth degree increase in air temperature.

It has been proven that by 2050, about a quarter of the estimated 300,000 to 800,000 meteorites in Antarctica will disappear due to the melting of the glaciers.

Researchers say this number could rise to nearly three-quarters of the continent's meteorites by the end of the century under extreme warming.

This loss has significant implications for science, as meteorites are unique examples of extraterrestrial bodies that provide insight into the origins of life on Earth and the formation of the Moon.

Antarctica is the best place to look for meteorites, and about 60 percent of all meteorites ever found on Earth today are collected from the surface of that continent's ice sheet.

Ice flows concentrate meteorites in stranding zones, where they are easy to detect.

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