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This may seem like a trivia question or a question for skeptics, but I really would like to know, what is the significance of the asteroid belt? The only reason I've seen from my research is "because it's there", but I'd like to know a more scientific reason. Evolutionists state the reason is "because the Belt will give us more clues to the formation of the Solar System"; but I don't buy into that theory. Some dreamers say that asteroids may one day be mined for precious minerals; but this is only a far-off dream.

Theses three reasons given are all unsatisfactory; could a professional or knowledgeable amateur astronomer help me out here?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm an astronomer, and to me "because it's there" is sufficient. $\endgroup$ – pela Mar 12 '17 at 18:32
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    $\begingroup$ Evolutionists?? $\endgroup$ – David Hammen Mar 12 '17 at 19:42
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    $\begingroup$ Studying the asteroid belt does give us important knowledge on how the Solar System was formed. There are bodies in it that are practically untouched since the formation of our solar system, and we can learn a lot about the conditions which formed them. $\endgroup$ – Phiteros Mar 12 '17 at 19:44
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    $\begingroup$ @GuessWho How is that relevant to your use of the term "evolutionist"? It sounds like you are trying to claim that there is some sort of alternative scientific viewpoint. Which there isn't. $\endgroup$ – ProfRob Mar 13 '17 at 7:28
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    $\begingroup$ I have voted to close as Unclear what you are asking. The asteroid belt doesn't need a reason to exist. It just is there because of physics. Evolutionists don't argue it is there to teach us anything. Scientists are happy to use its existence to provide partial explanations or theories. $\endgroup$ – Rory Alsop Mar 13 '17 at 11:26
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The only reason I've seen from my research is "because it's there", but I'd like to know a more scientific reason.

"Because it's there" is a scientific reason. Couple that with the fact that we know there's a whole lot of stuff we don't know about the asteroids makes studying the asteroids interesting from a pure scientific perspective.

That studying asteroids yields insights into the formation of the solar system makes such studies relevant. That asteroids have caused significant damage to the Earth (e.g., the Chicxulub impact event) and can do so again makes such studies even more relevant. That asteroids might well be a trove of wealth makes such studies more relevant still.

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