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Giant ice block falls in china

April 11, 1983. Wuxi, China. In full view of passers-by, a 50-kilogram block of ice hurtled from the sky and splintered on the pavement. The ice was milky white (some say greyish), and apparently of roundish shape before breaking up. Chinese scientists hurried to the scene and were able to preserve specimens. Their study of the meteorological conditions and specimens led them to conclude that the ice was truly meteoric; that is, extraterrestrial.

(Wei, Chen; "Giant Ice-Block Falls in East China City," Journal of Meteorology, U.K., 8:188, 1983.)

Comment. In the West, such ice falls are automatically attributed to chunks falling from aircraft overhead.

From Science Frontiers #30, NOV-DEC 1983. � 1983-2000 William R. Corliss