3 October 2013, 12:30

The divers who are doing their work on the bottom of Lake Chebarkul continue their efforts to raise stone fragments from the lake bottom. Scientists will have to find out whether all of them are the fragments of the meteorite that fell into Lake Chebarkul this February or whether they are of terrestrial origin. Specialists are working under very difficult conditions there due to bad weather and numerous technical failures.

Every morning the divers carry out several diving missions to a depth of 18 metres. The day before the echo sounder discovered an object in the mud on the bottom of Lake Chebarkul. When they raised it to the surface, they saw that it was a weighty stone. The work is yet to be done to find out whether it is of extraterrestrial origin. As of today, the magnetic field sensor has revealed no anomalies. Most likely, this stone has nothing to do with the meteorite. Specialists say that the 500-kilogramme stone was not discovered during the 20-day working period because the decay ooze did not let it go.

With every passing day the work is becoming more and more difficult. Technical failures are occurring all the time due to heavy rains and severe wind. Breaking waves are preventing the motor boat from moving forward. However, the most difficult thing is working in the mud on the lake bottom, Maxim Shipulin says.

“Instrument reading becomes impossible. Hence, the divers can control neither the depth nor the pressure . What they have are only their feelings and their vestibular system. All work is being done by hands. The divers are working without gloves, and when they are coming across something solid on their way, they take it.”

“Now the water temperature there is about 10 degrees above zero, and it is much colder in the air – not more than 3 degrees above zero. The decay ooze is warm. It is even warmer than water which triggers fermentation. In fact, the decay ooze is the genetic matrix of our Earth. On the bottom of Lake Chebarkul the decay ooze is six metres thick,” the specialist added.

The divers searching for the fragments of the Chebarkul meteorite are using high-precision equipment. Foreign scientists and extrasensory perception experts have got involved in this work too, the technical director says.

“One of them, Swami Kriponandu, has arrived from India. Unfortunately, he failed to help us. Once, standing near the pit, we asked him whether he felt the energy of the meteorite, and he answered in the negative. However, he helped one of our divers to recover from ear inflammation and cold. It was an extraordinary event. The man lying on the bed jumped up and felt healthy.”

Despite the fact that searching for a chondrite weighing for nearly 500,000 kilogrammes have led to no success and the contract with the company which is supervising this work is expiring on October 4th, the divers are full of hopes. According to one of the existing versions, the meteorite has already “pierced” through the thick decay ooze on the bottom of Lake Chebarkul and is now lying on the lake’s land mount. If it is true, sooner or later the divers will find it and raise it to the surface.

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