(meteorobs) Meteorite hits tractor
david.entwistle at dial.pipex.com
Wed Jul 27 07:52:26 EDT 2005
>From the Edmonton Sun
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- An unusual rock that fell out of the sky, through
a shed and into a tractor earlier this month appears to be a meteorite,
says a director with the Geological Survey of Canada.
After viewing photographs taken of the stone, Alan Galley said the rock
has the characteristics of a "stony meteorite" created by the gradual
collection of space dust.
"It's actually the process in which the planets formed where you get
dust from space that agglomerate together. If it happens enough you have
a planet, but in other cases you have a meteorite," said Galley,
speaking from the federal government agency's office in Ottawa.
An afternoon picking strawberries took a bizarre twist for Adeline Kelly
on July 17 when a chunk of rock plummeted from the sky, penetrating the
tin roof of a shed and piercing the manifold of a tractor on her and her
husband's Montney ranch, just north of Fort St. John. The stone bounced
several times after landing. Adeline searched for the object and
eventually found a small, rough-surfaced black and grey stone with
specks of diamond-like material embedded in it. Part of the stone had
shattered, but much of it was still intact...
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