DailyTech – Peruvian Meteorite Mystery Solved

By , September 24, 2007 1:39 pm

DailyTech – Peruvian Meteorite Mystery Solved
Now, a team of Peruvian researchers have determined the true cause — ground water tainted with arsenic.

The villagers’ reactions were the result of inhaling arsenic fumes, according to Luisa Macedo, a researcher for Peru’s Mining, Metallurgy, and Geology Institute (INGEMMET), who visited the crash site.

Peru’s soil is rich in arsenic deposits and when the meteor hit, columns of steam were created by the heat from the meteor. This steam bore particles of arsenic, causing the various afflictions.

Makes sense to me. Hate it for the folks exposed, but certainly better than than some outer space viral nasty…

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