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A few years later, a desert enthusiast saw photographs of meteorites being recovered by scientists in Antarctica, and thought that he had seen similar occurrences in northern Africa. In , he recovered about meteorites from several distinct locations in Libya and Algeria. Over the next several years, he and others who followed found at least more meteorites. The find locations were generally in regions known as regs or hamadas : flat, featureless areas covered only by small pebbles and minor amounts of sand.
In the case of several meteorite fields, such as Dar el Gani , Dhofar, and others, favorable light-colored geology consisting of basic rocks clays, dolomites , and limestones makes meteorites particularly easy to identify. The sudden availability of large numbers of meteorites that could be found with relative ease in places that were readily accessible especially compared to Antarctica , led to a rapid rise in commercial collection of meteorites.
This process was accelerated when, in , meteorites coming from both the Moon and Mars were found in Libya. By the late s, private meteorite-collecting expeditions had been launched throughout the Sahara.
Specimens of the meteorites recovered in this way are still deposited in research collections, but most of the material is sold to private collectors.
These expeditions have now brought the total number of well-described meteorites found in Algeria and Libya to more than This trade was driven by Western commercialization and an increasing number of collectors.
The meteorites were supplied by nomads and local people who combed the deserts looking for specimens to sell.
Many thousands of meteorites have been distributed in this way, most of which lack any information about how, when, or where they were discovered. These are the so-called "Northwest Africa" meteorites. Nearly all of these meteorites leave Africa through Morocco.
Scores of important meteorites, including Lunar and Martian ones, have been discovered and made available to science via this route.
A few of the more notable meteorites recovered include Tissint and Northwest Africa Tissint was the first witnessed Martian meteorite fall in over fifty years; NWA is the oldest meteorite known to come from Mars, and is a unique water-bearing regolith breccia.
Meteorite find in situ on desert pavement , Rub' al Khali , Saudi Arabia. Probable chondrite , weight In , meteorite hunters discovered that the desert in southern and central Oman were also favorable for the collection of many specimens.
The gravel plains in the Dhofar and Al Wusta regions of Oman, south of the sandy deserts of the Rub' al Khali , had yielded about 5, meteorites as of mid Included among these are a large number of lunar and Martian meteorites, making Oman a particularly important area both for scientists and collectors.
Early expeditions to Oman were mainly done by commercial meteorite dealers, however international teams of Omani and European scientists have also now collected specimens. The recovery of meteorites from Oman is currently prohibited by national law, but a number of international hunters continue to remove specimens now deemed national treasures.
This new law provoked a small international incident , as its implementation preceded any public notification of such a law, resulting in the prolonged imprisonment of a large group of meteorite hunters, primarily from Russia, but whose party also consisted of members from the US as well as several other European countries.
Significant finds include the three tonne Old Woman meteorite , currently on display at the Desert Discovery Center in Barstow, California. Other rare finds include the Los Angeles meteorite, a Martian meteorite,   Superior Valley Acapulcoite, one of two of its type found within the United States,   and the Blue Eagle meteorite, the first Rumuruti-type chondrite yet found in the Americas.
Local residents witnessed extremely bright burning objects in the sky in Chelyabinsk , Kurgan , Sverdlovsk , Tyumen , and Orenburg Oblasts , the Republic of Bashkortostan , and in neighbouring regions in Kazakhstan,    when the asteroid entered the Earth's atmosphere over Russia.
According to eyewitnesses, the bolide appeared brighter than the sun,  as was later confirmed by NASA.
The visible phenomenon due to the passage of an asteroid or meteoroid through the atmosphere is called a meteor. During the Chelyabinsk meteoroid's traversal, there was a bright object trailing smoke, then an air burst explosion that caused a powerful blast wave. The latter was the only cause of the damage to thousands of buildings in Chelyabinsk and its neighbouring towns.
The fragments then entered dark flight without the emission of light and created a strewn field of numerous meteorites on the snow-covered ground officially named Chelyabinsk meteorites. The last time a similar phenomenon was observed in the Chelyabinsk region was the Kunashak meteor shower of , after which scientists recovered about 20 meteorites weighing over kg in total.
At that time it was travelling at about The object is part of the Chelyabinsk meteorite. The United States space agency NASA estimated the diameter of the bolide at about 17—20 m and has revised the mass several times from an initial 7, tonnes 7, long tons; 8, short tons ,  until reaching a final estimate of 10, tonnes      11, short tons, greater than the total weight of the Eiffel Tower.
The first explosion was the most powerful, and was preceded by a bright flash, which lasted about five seconds. Due to the height of the air burst, the atmosphere absorbed most of the explosion's energy. The plume rose to an altitude of 35 km and once there, it was rapidly blown around the globe by the polar night jet.
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