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Large 'Meteorite' Dragged Out Of Russian Lake Breaks The Scale At 1,255 Pounds: VIDEO


A large "meteorite" was pulled out of Russia's Lake Chebarkul on Wednesday. It is thought to be a chunk from the meteor shower in February which injured hundreds after windows were broken from the shockwaves produced. The rock, which has yet to be confirmed as a true meteorite, was five feet long and weighed in at 1,255 pounds. It broke the scale on which it was being weighed and split into three pieces.  

Business Insider reports:

Most fragments of the meteor — know as meteorites once they hit the ground — were believed to have sunk to the bottom of Lake Chebarkul, a frozen lake in the Chelyabinsky region. Recovery workers initially turned up empty-handed.


Scientists still need to verify that the hunk of rock came from space and was actually part of the Chelyabinsky meteor, although many features — like fractures and a crust that indicates it survived the heat of passing through Earth's atmosphere — suggest that it is a true meteorite. A small sample will be X-rayed to determine its mineral composition,according to RT.

Over 12 pieces of rock have been pulled from Lake Chebarkul since the meteor explosion, but only one-third of those turned out to be real meteorites, according to the AFP.

Check out video of the massive rock being pulled from its watery home, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. ohhhnooo - it could be a Gay Meteor....from the planet the constallation LGBT69

    Posted by: disgusted american | Oct 17, 2013 2:25:36 PM

  2. Russia still has mystery.

    Posted by: OuterSpace | Oct 17, 2013 3:05:45 PM

  3. Joseph, I am perplexed why there are quotes around the word meteorite. That's the correct name for a meteor that strikes the ground.

    Are they there to say 'this isn't really from the sky' or are you also unaware of the current style of using ' instead of " when quoting something? Sort of like only having a single space after a sentence rather than the once-standard use of double spacing?

    I understand this is a blog, but punctuation is what separates us from the lower primates.

    Posted by: YsoSerious | Oct 17, 2013 4:55:07 PM

  4. Meteorite is the correct usage in this case so doesn't need quotes.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 17, 2013 4:56:56 PM

  5. too bad it didnt hit putin while he was meeting with trump

    Posted by: walter | Oct 17, 2013 9:10:25 PM

  6. What a dreary looking place

    Posted by: Endora | Oct 18, 2013 2:05:15 AM

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