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First Tunguska meteorite fragments found ?

Posted on Friday, 3 May, 2013 | Comment icon 16 comments

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Scientist Andrei Zlobin believes he has identified three meteorite pieces in the Tunguska region.

In 1908 Tunguska was the site of a tremendous explosion that was 1,000 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The blast flattened 80 million trees over an area covering 2,000 square kilometers, however due to the sparse population of the region only one person was killed. For years scientists have attempted to explain the cause of the explosion with the prevailing theory being that the area was hit by a meteor that most likely exploded when it reached Earth's atmosphere.

Now scientist Andrei Zlobin from the Russian Academy of Sciences has announced that he has located what he believes to be three meteorite fragments in the region that he claims are from the object that caused the event. If he is right then the discovery could offer important new clues in to what happened and help to solve the mystery once and for all.

"The Tunguska impact event is one of the great mysteries of modern history."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by kitty81 on 3 May, 2013, 19:38
after this many years???? i shake my head
Comment icon #8 Posted by Irna on 3 May, 2013, 20:14
Hi, I wonder what kind of scientist Andrei Zlobin exactly is. His curriculum is quite strange. He claims to have a with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, but a on the AIAA website doesn't yield any result except for a Valery Zlobin. However his more recent paper about the fragments has not been peer-reviewed, it's on arXiv. There seems to be some strong disagreement among specialists about this publication: and Irna
Comment icon #9 Posted by shrooma on 3 May, 2013, 20:25
. kitty, the wheels of science may grind slowly, but they DO grind exceedingly small..... . (to paraphrase something or other...) :-)
Comment icon #10 Posted by shrooma on 3 May, 2013, 20:28
Irna, can I suppose, and correct me here if i'm wrong, that you're french....?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Irna on 3 May, 2013, 20:47
Yes I am! Is it so evident from my bad English?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Timonthy on 4 May, 2013, 1:10
Your English was pretty perfect, I'm guessing it's the link in your signature.
Comment icon #13 Posted by equus hemionus on 4 May, 2013, 1:46
I was led to believe Tesla was testing one of his missing weapon asthe cause of th blast.
Comment icon #14 Posted by RigDigman on 4 May, 2013, 2:46
Anything you can do, nature does better. Anything you can do, nature can too.
Comment icon #15 Posted by shrooma on 5 May, 2013, 19:16
. not at all! it was your signature that gave it away! I think you're the only french person here on UM. i've never seen any before, and it struck me as odd that there weren't any, but I guess there is now! :-)
Comment icon #16 Posted by Irna on 5 May, 2013, 21:33
Who knows? there are so many members here...

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