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Etzikom UGM Site, Alberta

From: Chris Rutkowski <rutkows@cc.UManitoba.CA>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 10:34:36 -0500 (CDT)
Fwd Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 15:14:13 -0400
Subject: Etzikom UGM Site, Alberta


Since this news will be breaking soon, anyway (and because it
has already been mentioned on SDI), I thought I would give a bit
of an update on the Etzikom "crater" found in southern Alberta
in April 2001.

The case has received fairly mimimal attention from the media,
but a few articles have been written about it so far. One of the
is online at:

http://www.prairie-post.com/news/052501-4.html

That page refers mostly to an earlier article not currently
archived and focuses on an old UFo sighting that is unrelated.
However, the Friday, June 22, 2001 issue of the same paper will
be carrying a feature article about the site, but will likely
not be archived right away. It will, however, probably generate
some more regional media attention.

The best source for info is Gord Kijek's AUFOSG site:

http://www.aufosg.org/kijek/page181.html

Gord has soil samples.

What is most interesting about this UGM is that it was
investigated quite thoroughly by a number of scientists _before_
the UFO community was aware of it. Soil scientists, physicists
and geologists from two different institutions have now examined
the site, and an official report has been issued this week. I
was called for my advice on the course of action early in the
investigations, and consulted with a number of people as to the
types of tests that might be useful.

The official report gives the test data and then theorizes that
the crater could not have been caused by aliens because the
"landing marks" within the crater are not symmetrically
arranged. (!)  The report concludes that the crater is the
result of a meteorite fall.

Gord Kijek, who examined the site in some detail, told me he has
no explanation for the UGM at this time, if it's not a real
meteor crater. It's not a sinkhole, a lightning strike or
(probably not) a natural gas explosion.

The trouble is that if it _is_ a meteor crater, it's still
extremely unique. Nothing in my astronomical or geophysical
training remotely resembles a _new_ meteor crater. Most
textbooks illustrate impact cratering with Crater Lake in
Oregon, the Ungava Peninsula in Quebec, or Barringer in Arizona.
This crater, albeit small compared with Barringer, is the first
significantly-sized meteor crater that I have heard of in recent
times. Even the fireball that generated a huge wave of sightings
across Eastern North America several years ago ony made a
bucket-sized crater in the soil. The Etzikom crater is about ten
feet wide.

The word today is that NIDS has learned of the site and is on
its way for an investigation. Lord knows what they'll do. At
least we already have a report on the scientific analysis.

Does anyone know of any other _contemporary_ meteor crater being
found recently (i.e. in historical times)? Tunguska doesn't
count.

Oh, and BTW, Canada's leading authority on impact craters, the
guy who proved the dinosaurs died off after an impact event,
does not think the Etzikom crater was made by a meteorite.

So, if it's not a meteor crater ....

--

Nobody in particular





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