Subject: More on Honduras "meteorite" of November 1996
Date sent: Sat, 5 Apr 1997 04:58:11 -0600 (CST)

I found an article entitled "Scientists confirm fireball in Northwest
Honduras was meteorite" at

which suggests that there were indeed impacts from this bolide. The original
landslide in San Luis, widely reported in the news media, is currently assumed
to have been an unrelated endogenous event.

This event provides a useful object lesson for studies of ancient
catastrophies. Even though the landslide was (probably) unrelated to the
bollide, the people of San Luis associated them. We can expect such
associations to recur frequently. Distinguishing such "fanciful" connections
from genuine impact-generated catastrophies may prove very difficult.

-- Phil "Pib" Burns
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. USA

CCCMENU CCC for 1997