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Rocks worth 40 times the cost of gold?


The Rush is On…..

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A meteor that exploded over Russia’s Ural mountains and sent fireballs blazing to earth has set off a rush to find fragments of the space rock which hunters hope could fetch thousands of dollars a piece.
Friday’s blast and ensuing shockwave shattered windows, injured almost 1,200 people and caused about $33 million worth of damage, said local authorities.
It also started a “meteorite rush” around the industrial city of Chelyabinsk, 1,500 km (950 miles) east of Moscow, where groups of people have started combing through the snow and ice.
One amateur space enthusiast estimated chunks could be worth anything up to 66,000 roubles ($2,200) per gram – more than 40 times the current cost of gold.
“The price is hard to say yet … The fewer meteorites that are recovered, the higher their price,” said Dmitry Kachkalin, a member of the Russian Society of Amateur Meteorite Lovers. Meteorites are parts of a meteor that have fallen to earth.
Scientists at the Urals Federal University were the first to announce a significant find – 53 small, stony, black objects around Lake Chebarkul, near Chelyabinsk, which tests confirmed were small meteorites.
The fragments were only 0.5 to 1 cm (0.2 to 0.4 inches) across but the scientists said larger pieces may have crashed into the lake, where a crater in the ice about eight meters (26 feet) wide opened up after Friday’s explosion.
“We just completed tests and confirm that the pieces of matter found by our experts around Lake Chebarkul are really meteorites,” said Viktor Grokhovsky, a scientist with the Urals Federal University and the Russian Academy of Sciences.
“These are classified as ordinary chondrites, or stony meteorites, with an iron content of about 10 percent,” he told RIA news agency.
He did not say whether the fragments had told his team anything about the origins of the meteor, which the U.S. space agency NASA estimated was 55 feet across before entering Earth’s atmosphere and weighed about 10,000 tons.
The main fireball streaked across the sky at a speed of about 30 km (19 miles) per second, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos, before crashing into the snowy wastes.
TREASURE HUNTERS
More than 20,000 people took part in search and clean-up operations at the weekend in and around Chelyabinsk, which is in the heart of a region packed with industrial military plants.
Many other people were in the area just hoping to find a meteorite after what was described by scientists as a once-in-a-century event.
Residents of a village near Chelyabinsk searched the snowy streets, collecting stones they hoped would prove to be the real thing. But not all were ready to sell.
“I will keep it. Why sell it? I didn’t have a rich lifestyle before, so why start now?” a woman in a pink woolen hat and winter jacket, clutching a small black pebble, told state television Rossiya-24.
The Internet filled quickly with advertisements from eager hunters hoping to sell what they said were meteorites – some for as little as 1,000 roubles ($33.18).
The authenticity of the items was hard to ascertain.
One seller of a large, silver-hued rock wrote in an advertisement on the portal Avito.ru: “Selling an unusual rock. It may be a piece of meteorite, it may be a bit of a UFO, it may be a piece of a rocket.

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Top 100 search words…2012


Rank Previous Word Posted On
1 1 last name effect June 1, 2011
2 2 digital dualism October 17, 2012
3 – SMIDSY November 13, 2012
4 3 patch burning July 19, 2002
5 4 watercooler moment July 22, 2002
6 6 blog November 17, 2003
7 5 lolbertarian October 16, 2012
8 7 metrosexual September 4, 2002
9 12 doorer October 9, 2012
10 9 zombee October 11, 2012
11 8 flirtationship September 28, 2012
12 10 patchwriting October 3, 2012
13 11 uncumbent October 12, 2012
14 13 tech-life balance October 10, 2012
15 16 highless October 2, 2012
16 14 resistentialism September 30, 2002
17 18 tweetup June 11, 2008
18 17 sageism October 4, 2012
19 19 wet signature April 10, 2000
20 15 placenta pill March 6, 2012
21 25 ineptocracy January 6, 2012
22 20 phishing August 1, 2003
23 22 torch-and-pitchfork March 17, 2009
24 21 beanpole family May 23, 2002
25 23 type T personality April 3, 2003
26 28 third place October 30, 2002
27 24 baby-lag September 27, 2012
28 26 orange-collar September 26, 2012
29 30 CXO July 29, 2002
30 63 omnishambles September 4, 2012
31 29 phone-bin September 20, 2012
32 32 retrosexual October 6, 2004
33 33 defensive pessimism June 12, 2002
34 31 frequency illusion July 16, 2009
35 27 upgradation December 20, 2000
36 34 B2B2C May 15, 2000
37 45 grasstops April 30, 2004
38 35 greengrocers’ apostrophe August 7, 2000
39 38 bucket list November 10, 2010
40 40 cold transfer July 19, 1997
41 42 mansplaining September 19, 2012
42 37 T-shaped October 8, 2003
43 36 Google bombing May 21, 2002
44 43 Stendhal’s syndrome April 1, 2003
45 39 flash mob July 14, 2003
46 49 spotlight effect January 23, 2003
47 47 google April 12, 2001
48 54 BANANA February 19, 1999
49 51 truck roll April 21, 1999
50 48 house money effect June 10, 2003
51 50 gaydar October 11, 1996
52 46 selfie September 21, 2012
53 52 lifestreaming November 6, 2007
54 99 DWY May 17, 2001
55 41 zombie lie April 29, 2011
56 56 physible January 31, 2012
57 58 Wal-Mart effect December 12, 2003
58 53 Sabbath mode October 5, 2001
59 55 client golf May 18, 2001
60 60 undertoad July 21, 1997
61 62 fiberhood September 11, 2012
62 45 patent troll August 13, 2003
63 57 post-gay June 23, 1998
64 59 soft power July 8, 2002
65 66 Humpty Dumpty language February 25, 1999
66 80 hurried child syndrome November 19, 2002
67 88 donorcycle July 8, 2003
68 72 camgirl October 23, 2002
69 76 earworm March 12, 2003
70 81 killboard October 9, 1998
71 71 do-ocracy August 9, 2012
72 79 bluejacking November 21, 2003
73 70 fat finger trade August 14, 2012
74 65 joy-to-stuff ratio August 13, 2002
75 73 Lake Wobegon effect August 15, 2003
76 84 social networking January 12, 2004
77 75 bobo October 30, 2001
78 61 binge viewing August 10, 2012
79 67 thrillax August 15, 2012
80 77 Weblish December 12, 2001
81 88 lipstick lesbian January 12, 2005
82 68 buzzword bingo June 11, 1998
83 91 Pierre Salinger syndrome July 18, 1997
84 86 MOOC August 30, 2012
85 64 cash mob June 26, 2012
86 83 logophilia January 2, 1996
87 93 social networking fatigue February 16, 2007
88 87 RINO April 14, 2004
89 100 sock puppet September 25, 2006
90 78 Affrilachian December 12, 2002
91 69 drink the Kool-Aid October 27, 1998
92 95 ghost bike November 9, 2011
93 90 reax March 26, 2003
94 82 hype cycle November 29, 2001
95 91 enigmatology September 18, 1997
96 99 giggle test January 25, 2002
97 99 technosexual May 10, 2004
98 93 crackberry May 31, 2004
99 74 heteroflexible February 11, 2004
100 85 meatspace
Notice fellow bloggers…just posting this list will allow net searchers to find your blog,
Search engines will pick up the word and depending on your page rank, they will send traffic to you.

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