Half-ton fragment of Russian meteorite located on lake bed

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A date stone-shaped fragment of the famous Chelyabinsk meteorite weighting several hundred kilograms was located on the bed of a lake in the Urals. Divers are planning to start recovery of the celestial object later this week.

The fragment of the meteorite, which exploded high over Russia's Chelyabinsk region in February, injuring more than 1,600 people and causing plenty of damage and much excitement on the ground, was discovered with sonar survey of Lake Chebarkul.

The chunk is covered by about 2.5 meters of sediments and is estimated to be 30 to 100cm long while weighing about 600kg. Its presence in the location was already known, since it made a six-meter hole in the ice during impact. But the new study offered a more precise assessment than the previous one made with magnetic imaging.

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