[LMB] OT: historical analogue for the meteor in The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Matija Grabnar lmb at matija.com
Mon Oct 4 15:45:34 BST 2021

Phil Plait, an astronomer (and author of "Death from the Skies"), linked 
some interesting comments about that article

in his tweet: https://twitter.com/BadAstronomer/status/1440432115447783428




On 04/10/2021 12:40, baur baur via Lois-Bujold wrote:
> actually rare earths are not indicative for meteoric impact
> shocked quartz, impact brecciae and other shock modifications are
> servus
> markus
>> Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com> hat am 04.10.2021 01:19 geschrieben:
>> Fascinating. If true, this would be the first evidence of a town wiped out
>> by a meteor impact. I wonder if they found evidence of any rare Earth
>> minerals. That would be quite conclusive. That could have been the same
>> century that the Mediterranean island Thera blew its top.
>> On Sun, Oct 3, 2021, 11:40 AM <alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca> wrote:
>>> Archeologists have found a case where they think an exploding meteor
>>> destroyed a city:
>>> https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/sep-25-bronze-age-town-destroyed-by-meteor-global-warming-makes-animals-shapeshift-and-more-1.6187428/ancient-jordanian-town-destroyed-by-a-meteor-blast-may-have-inspired-biblical-stories-scientists-say-1.6187436
>>> Quirks & Quarks
>>> Ancient Jordanian town destroyed by a meteor blast may have inspired
>>> Biblical
>>> stories, scientists say
>>> Archaeologists at the site found partially melted ruins and shattered
>>> human
>>> remains
>>> CBC Radio · Posted: Sep 24, 2021 3:51 PM ET | Last Updated: September 24
>>> A thriving town in the Jordan River valley was utterly annihilated by the
>>> explosion of a meteor 3,600 years ago, which produced a flash and shock
>>> wave
>>> that scorched and shattered buildings, animals and people.
>>> That's the scenario painted by a large collaboration of archaeologists,
>>> earth
>>> and space scientists who have been studying the remains of the Bronze Age
>>> town
>>> at a site called Tall el-Hammam in Jordan, not far from the Dead Sea.
>>> [...]
>>> "The significance to its past pales in what it foretells for the future,
>>> because this is going to happen again," he said. The Tunguska event shows
>>> that the Earth can still be struck by destructive objects from space, and
>>> if something similar were to happen over a city or populated region, the
>>> devastation would be enormous.
>>> "It just took it out in an instant, so that's a serious warning of what
>>> could happen — what will happen — in the future."
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