Researchers have discovered one of the rarest minerals on earth buried deep within an ancient meteorite crater in Western Australia.
- Reidite is only created when rocks carrying zircon slam into Earth from space
- The mineral has only been found six times in history
- The discovery could confirm the biggest meteorite impact crater ever found in Australia
The ultra-rare mineral known as reidite was found deep within the long buried Woodleigh Crater near Shark Bay, approximately 750 kilometres north of Perth.
The reidite is only formed under the extreme pressure created when rocks from outer space slam into the Earth’s crust.
It is only the sixth time the mineral has been discovered on Earth.
Curtin University research supervisor Aaron Cavosie said reidite started life as a far more common mineral — zircon — and only transformed into reidite during the pressure of impact.