Nordic Network of Astrobiology
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Nordic Network of Astrobiology

Towards a Nordic Research and Training Area in Astrobiology

Participating institutions:

Astrobiology at Oslo University

Team Members


The Ritland Project
The recently discovered Ritland Crater of western Norway is mapped in detail through a 3 year programme financed by the Norwegian Research Council. In addition the mechanisms of Ritland crater formation, syn- and post impact sedimentation and ejecta distribution are being analysed based on detailed field samples, laboratory analysis and numerical modelling.

Melt alteration and mineral formation
In this programme we are experimentally analysing and geochemically modelling the alteration of impact glass. This study is focusing on the mechanisms of dissolution and formation of alteration products, in particular clay minerals. The similarities between these newly formed minerals and the ones described from planetary surfaces are striking.

Oslo University