A Tale Of Fire And Ice

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How is Norway like the moon? In the Pangaea geology training course, director Francesco Sauro is leading a team of astronauts and geologists in exploring the rare crystallised magma found in the mountainous region of Lofoten, Norway. Resembling that found on the moon, the crystallised magma is believed to have resulted from the melting of a glacier millions of years ago. Pangaea scientists hope to build relevant hypotheses about the origin of the moon through this ‘space’ exploration. Read full article here

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