Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Megacryometeors


Over the skies of Africa was an ice ball the size of a microwave and weighing several pounds. The ice chunk begins its descent going faster and faster. It smacks with full strength into a park lot smashing the pavement.

The above is the story of a megacryometeor which recently fell on Douglasdale, South Africa. Megacryometeors are like humongous hail stones but we do not fully understand the science behind them. The largest megacryometeor recorded was about 440 pounds! Recently one landed in Oakland, California.

Here and here are good starting points for further research on megacryometeors.

Category: Physical Geography

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

See:
http://tierra.rediris.es/megacryometeors

Steve