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Number of Fragments of the Puftusk Meteorite

Naturevolume 140pages113114 (1937) | Download Citation



IT is generally stated that the remarkable meteorite fall near Pultusk, Poland, on January 30, 1868, consisted of 100,000 stones. Thus Charles P. Olivier in his monograph “Meteors”1 states that “the famous fall at Pultusk consisted of perhaps 100,000 fragments”. Also F. Heide cites in his book2 the same number, and places this fall as the highest with regard to number of fragments (in the second place comes the shower at Holbrook, Arizona, on July 19, 1912, with 14,000 fragments). The same number is quoted by various works on astronomy and cosmography.

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  1. 1

    Meteors” ( Baltimore, 1925).

  2. 2

    Kleine Meteoritenkunde” ( Berlin, 1934).

  3. 3

    “Guide to the Collection of Meteorites” (Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), 1926).

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    “Notice sur la météorite tombée le 30 Janvier 1868 aux environs de la ville de Pultusk” (Haute École de Varsovie).

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    “Kosmografja”, 2nd edition, by M. Ernst (Warsaw, 1907).

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    “Dzieje Ziemi”, vol. 1 (Warsaw, 1912).

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