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Rare mineral named for Krot, UH researcher of meteorites

May 22, 2011
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A newly discovered mineral has been named for a University of Hawaii professor known for his work researching meteorites.

A mineral found in a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite that landed in Morocco has been dubbed "Krotite" after Professor Alexander "Sasha" Krot.

Krot was chosen because of contributions he has made toward learning about the solar system's origins. Krot and his research team at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology are known internationally for their study of meteorites.

Krot says it is certainly an honor but many others have worked on the same research for many years.

The 17.6-pound meteorite was first discovered in 2003 by a team and was announced in the May-June issue of the American Mineralogist scientific journal.

Krot has also had an asteroid named after him.



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