Good job bringing this to light. People won't realise how huge the problem is and municipalities are woefully ill equipped to...
Agreed; mining can never be sustainable, but then how do you get the metals to make all the things you need in the course of...
Very good piece.
on December 13, 1997 at 3 am, K Ramulu of Vissannapeta village in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh heard a rumbling sound in the sky followed by a big thud. He found a heavy object lying on the gunny bag which he had spread on his roof. Ramulu, fearing that it was a bomb called the police, who handed it over to the revenue authorities. Expertise of the Geological Survey of India ( gsi ) was sought to determine what the object was. According to the senior geologist, C Rama Mohan, the 1.3 kg rock was an "aerolite", one of the three types of meteorites, made of silicate.
According to the A K Moitra, director petrology division of the gsi, meteorites provide a wealth of information about the solar system and outer space which cannot be collected from studies on terrestrial material. He said till now no human being has been killed by a falling meteorite. Some meteorites happen to be carbonaceous, indicating possibility of extraterrestrial life, since carbon is essential to life.