Every year, about 55 tons of meteorites hit the Earth, of which about 2-3 tons fall in Russia, according to a leading Russian scientist.
Image of an asteroid hitting Earth
Image of a meteorite hitting Earth – (Photo: NASA).
“Of the 55 tons of meteorites that hit the Earth, only 10 to 15 tons of meteorites fell to the ground, the rest fell into the oceans”Mr. Dmitry Badyukov, head of the Laboratory of Space Chemistry and Meteorology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told the TASS news agency.
According to Mr. Badyukov, there are more and more Many meteorites have been found in the deserts of Oman and Chile, as well as in the glaciers in Antarctica.
“The good thing about Oman is that there is no sand. It is a coastal area and the monsoon washes away all the sand. So a smooth rocky surface forms there, where the meteorites gradually accumulate.”the scientist explains the attraction of the region for meteorite researchers.
He notes that this is also true in Chile, because there is very little sand there.
Antarctica’s glaciers are also where scientists find many space objects that have fallen to Earth. The researcher revealed yes Blue ice areas also accumulate meteorites.
In Russia, the Chelyabinsk and Sihote-Alin regions stand out.
Ten years ago, in 2013, a large meteorite entered the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over the territory of Chelyabinsk. That is why the meteorite is called Chelyabinsk. It is the largest space object to fall on Earth in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The meteorite entered the earth’s atmosphere, causing a strong explosion at an altitude of 20 km and numerous fragments falling over a large area of the Chelyabinsk region.
The largest fragment of the meteorite fell on the outskirts of Lake Chebarkul, 78 km west of Chelyabinsk. The shock wave and meteorite fragments damaged approximately 7,300 buildings.
Article source: Tuoi Tre
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Every year, up to 55 tons of meteorites collide with the Earth, of which 2-3 tons fall in Russia, according to a leading Russian scientist. Images of meteorites…