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Comment Re:Why is this news? (Score 1) 566

The problem is just because you can mathematically simulate how it COULD be, does not mean you have any actual proof that it IS that way. Sigh.... the media sucks at science, even the people who are supposed to cover it specifically. Seriously, what's with the quote of THIS DISCOVERY WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYA! Get f'in real.
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Submission + - Mystery illness from meteor crash is solved. (nationalgeographic.com)

Technician writes: The meteor that crashed in Peru caused a mystery illnesses. The cause of the illness has been found. The meteor was not toxic. The ground water it contacted contains arsenic. The resulting steam cloud is what caused the mystery illness. "The meteorite created the gases when the object's hot surface met an underground water supply tainted with arsenic, the scientists said." http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/070921-meteor-peru.html There is a very good photo of the impact crater in the article. The rim of the crater is lined with people for a size comparison.

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