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Chelyabinsk Meteorite 1.02g


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The Chelyabinsk meteorite is a stone meteorite of the chondrite type. Chelyabinsk has been classified as an LL5. This means that it has a low amount of metallic iron and a low amount of iron in mineral form also. The number five refers to the amount of alteration from its original pristine state at creation, to what it shows now in is structure and texture. The chondrules of a stage 5 chondrite are still fairly easy to see in the rock but have been melted some and are blurred a little into the matrix that surrounds the chondrules.

The Russian Chelyabinsk Meteorite is a meteorite name that has secured a place in history by breaking several records. Before February 15, 2013 there had never been this enormous a witnessed air burst explosion of an asteroid over a heavily populated area. Tunguska had more force, but there were few witnesses and certainly not hundreds of video records a hundred years ago. The force of the Chelyabinsk explosion is estimated at 400 kilotons of TNT. Chelyabinsk was the first meteorite forming event to cause great damage in the millions of dollars. Chelyabinsk was the first recorded meteorite forming event to hurt large numbers of people. Approximately 1500 persons went to hospitals for various types of injuries mostly from flying glass and the concussion of the explosion.

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