> > > > One of them fell on a dog at Denshal, leaving it like ashes in the moment." > > > Why can't this be interpreted as the "meteorite" fracturing into many > small fragments aka "ashes" as in a friable portion of what elsewhere > sank up a meter into the ground? > > Why must this assume that the dog actually died? I've seen a .45 cal. > bullet bounce off a dogs head.-- knocked him cold/wacky for a few > minutes but he lived.
I express similar thoughts about 3 years ago: The original story about the meteorite came from the "Al Ahali" newspaper. I've confirmed that this newspaper is written in Arabic. Some of the discrepancies could be explained as translation errors from Arabic to English. Now consider the words of the farmer, Mohammed Ali Effendi Hakim, who claimed the meteorite hit the dog: "The fearful column which appeared in the sky at Denshal was substantial. The terrific noise it emitted was an explosion that made it erupt several fragments of volcanic materials. These curious fragments, falling to earth buried themselves into the sand to a depth of about one metre. One of them fell on a dog at Denshal, leaving it like ashes in the moment." This does sound like an eyewitness account of a meteorite fall, though the ash reference in the last sentence sounds odd. John Ball said that this statement "is doubtless the product of a lively imagination". Like everyone else, when I first read this quote from Mohammed Ali Effendi Hakim, I also found the last sentence rather dubious. How can a dog go to ashes in a moment from being hit by a meteorite? After giving it some further thought, I realized the statement was not being interpreted correctly. I think Mohammed Ali Effendi Hakim was describing the fragmentation of a meteorite after it had hit a dog. In other words, the meteorite, not the dog, was left "like ashes in the moment". This made much more sense and is a more likely scenario. Also, if this is the case, then the dog did not necessarily get killed from being hit by the meteorite. So, it is starting to look like the dead dog story may still be alive, or rather it never died. ______________________________________________ Meteorite-list mailing list [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/meteorite-list