Astronomy-geology research granted
Five research projects in Lund has all together been granted with 180 million SEK from The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Geologist Birger Schmitz and astronomy researcher colleagues Melwyn Davies and Anders Johansen gets a share to do collaboration research in the project “IMPACT: Comets, asteroids and the habitability of planets”.
Astronomical events that happened several hundred million years back in time, can be reconstructed based on the alien mineral that scientists find in seabed sediments. With data from the European Space satellite Gaia, the scientists will determine the solar motion in the Milky Way. It can then be revealed whether and in that case how astronomical events coincide with for example ice ages and mass extinctions, by comparing astronomical observations with geological data.
source:The Wallenberg Foundations and Lund University