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originally posted by: IShotMyLastMuse
of course americans had to make guns out of it!
originally posted by: swanne
What a waste of precious meteorites. Typical of mankind's warmongering mentality: "Hey, look, we've got rare rocks as old as the Solar System which falls from the sky only once in a blue moon... What should we do with them? Ooh, I know, let's turn them into guns. "
A study done in 1996 (looking at the number of meteorites found in deserts over time) calculated that for objects in the 10 gram to 1 kilogram size range, 2900-7300 kilograms per year hit Earth. However, unlike the number above this does not include the small dust particles. They also estimate between 36 and 166 meteorites larger than 10 grams fall to Earth per million square kilometers per year. Over the whole surface area of Earth, that translates to 18,000 to 84,000 meteorites bigger than 10 grams per year. But most meteorites are too small to actually fall all the way to the surface.
originally posted by: Indigent
a reply to: kita0dtita
Lost technology is fascinating, there a hectares of terra preta in the amazon that no one knows how to replicate, or the Stradivarius. Some people says we will face mass loss of technology soon when most of the data of the 70s and 80s will be in digital devices that we will lose the ability to access.