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Half-Ton Fragment Of Russian Meteorite Recovered From Lake


Divers have hauled a 570-kilogram-plus (1,257 pounds) hunk of meteorite from Lake Chebarkul in the Urals region of Russia. The rock seems to be a piece of the meteorite that landed in the country this February. The fragment was so large it: 1) broke into three pieces during removal and 2) broke the scale scientists used to weigh it, once the scale reached the 570-kilogram mark.

This is the largest-yet bit of the meteorite divers have been able to recover from Lake Chebarkul, RT reports. Experts the BBC and RT talked with confirmed the rock was extraterrestrial in origin. Scientists will now analyze its mineral content. It's been packed off to a local natural history museum, so perhaps it'll go on display soon.

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