Study: Martian water, Earth's oceans came from chondritic meteorites

11/20/2012 | Space.com

An examination of two rare Martian rocks that landed on Earth as meteorites showed that Earth's oceans and Martian water likely came from chondritic meteorites, which have granular minerals that mixed into the terrestrial planets when they were just forming. "These meteorites contain trapped basaltic liquids, not unlike the basalts that erupt on Hawaii. They are pristine samples that have sampled various Martian volatile element environments," said experimental petrologist John Jones of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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