Do Or Die Facts: Meteor Strike

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•    Meteorites from the asteroid belt are approximately 4.5 billion years old.

•    There are detailed chemical, mineralogical, and microscopic and analyses help to tell whether a meteorite is a new, distinct meteorite or part of an older find.

•    Of the 500 meteorites that reach the Earth’s surface every year, only five or six are recovered for scientists to study.

•    The meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February 2013 had a force 30 times greater than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

•    Meteorites are most easily found in dry places like deserts, where they do not erode quickly and are less apt to be obscured by vegetation.

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