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    Western researcher unearths hottest rock on record

    It was a stroke of serendipity that led to Michael Zanetti’s discovery of the hottest rock on Earth. In 2011, Zanetti, now a postdoctoral researcher in Earth Sciences at Western, was on an analog mission with Earth Sciences professor Gordon Osinski at 28-kilometre-wide Mistastin Lake crater in Labrador – a Canadian Space Agency (CSA)-funded endeavour using the impact structure as a test bed for exploration strategies and field equipment for use on the moon and Mars.

  • Western rocks the crater in unique Sudbury field course

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Using HCl to test rocks for presence of carbonate minerals.

Anologue mission to Barringer Crater in Arizona
Cassandra Marion, 2011