Monday, September 24, 2007

Meteor Sickness Mystery Solved

Yesterday, I reported on a group of Peruvian villagers with an unidentified illness they attributed to a meteor impact. Local authorities acknowledge that a meteor crashed (and left a gaping 65-foot crater), but questioned the relationship between the impact and the illness.

As it turns out, the sickness was the result of arsenic fumes created when the meteor tapped a polluted subterranean reservoir,
reports National Geographic News. No word on how the groundwater had enough arsenic to cause this phenomena, but the whole thing is pretty incredible to me.

What are the chances of a meteor hitting a populated area, let alone puncturing an underground pocket of water, and one that’s polluted with arsenic?

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