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Expedition "In Search of Space Emeralds"

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5 days
Date: 24.06.2020 - 27.06.2020

We are leaving for the place where in 1980 the Kanskites, amazing fragments of the comet were found, judging by the studies, relatives of the Tunguska meteorite. You will visit this taiga, spend the night in a taiga hut and, perhaps, you will find fragments of a meteorite. This is an adventure for the brave and active.

In July 1980, builder Alexander Ivanovich Korshunov went into the taiga with friends to celebrate his birthday. We walked for a long time, 8 hours, in the taiga to the northwest of the city of Zelenogorsk. They decided to celebrate in a hunting hut located in the area of the Metlyakovka River - the right tributary of the Kan River.

The next day, returning home, on the left bank of the Metlyakovka, they went around a very high hill. Alexander decided to climb to the top. Friends discouraged, said that it is very difficult to climb, and why did he need the top? But Alexander really wanted (why, he himself can’t say now). Climbing 50-70 meters up and realizing that further climbing is not safe, Alexander decided to go down to a more gentle place. Below Metlyakovka was noisy, it was clearly visible.

Looking around, he saw a scattering of green glasses sparkling in the sun, there were many, of different sizes. Alexander chose the two largest pieces, since he had aquariums at home and these glasses were taken for them. Having discussed the find, friends decided that it was artificial glass thrown out by a man, since not far away was an abandoned entrance to the adit.

Glasses have been honestly lying in the aquarium for 30 years, while his wife Korshunova Lidia Artemovna, a mother of many children, a school history teacher 165 and the founder of the Museum of Local Lore in Zelenogorsk, was not interested in the origin of glasses. Her initiative and natural curiosity made it possible to quickly organize a study of glasses in the Central Analytical Laboratory of OJSC Krasnoyarskgeolsyomka. It turned out that in chemical composition (in basic elements) they are pretty close to bottle glasses with a high sodium content. However, analysis for trace elements revealed a significant difference. It was found that green glass has nickel of 7.5, copper of 6, zinc of 20, cobalt of 3, chromium of 40, titanium of 3, manganese 40 times more than bottle glass, which may indirectly indicate the relationship of green glass with tektites.

In March 2009, Korshunova came to Moscow on a business trip, and brought with her a piece of green glass, which, in her presence, was examined for the presence of comet markers - streamer glasses. To the greatest joy, they were immediately discovered, and in large quantities, which clearly indicated the cometary nature of glass. Since the composition of glass fits well into the high-nat class of comet meteorites, and, taking into account external signs, it can be considered natural glass - tektite, and give it the name kansky, which corresponds to the accepted terminology for tektites. It should be noted here that this is not the only find of green glass on Earth. Two more finds are known: one is the Swedish glass scans (the origin of the term is associated with Scandinavia), the second is the glass of the Medveditsky ridge, found by V.A. Chernobrov in 2002 in the Volgograd region.

Member of the International Astronomical
Society (Astro / EAAS)

Evgeny Dmitriev, 2010

The possibility of the SibWay Tur expeditionary center conducting a research expedition to the Zelenogorsk region was announced at the beginning of September at a meeting with the head of ZATO Zelenogorsk Pavel Korchashkin. Then the head of the Zelenogorsk search detachment, history teacher Lidia Korshunova spoke about the intention of a group of researchers to go “on the trail” of the Tunguska guest. The fact that the "Tungus" is worth looking for in these parts, they were not in doubt. We managed to get together only by the end of the month.

In the morning, we loaded things and necessary equipment into two off-road trucks equipped with booths - GAZ-66 and ZIL-131. Other transport on broken taiga roads simply would not have passed. 13 people moved on the road, among them representatives of SibWay Tur, the Expeditionary Center of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Geographical Society and researchers from Zelenogorsk. The starting point was near the former school number 168 and the team of researchers willingly photographed against the background of unfolded flags, not suggesting what a difficult path they would have to go through the harsh taiga.

But the path was really difficult. The weather did not pamper - during all three days of the expedition it was drizzling, turning the road into continuous mud. The ruts were so deep that the drivers had to use all their skills so that the car would not be pulled into a ditch. I had to stop on the road, get out of the car: firstly, to clarify the route, and secondly, to try to find the same meteorite slags in the washouts of the road ditches, for the sake of which the enterprise was started - the Kanskites, which at one time were called named after the Kan River.

The headquarters of the "expedition" was deployed in a forest hut, but some people had to spend the night in a GAZ-66 booth, because there was no question of any tents. At seven o'clock in the evening it was already so dark that in the hut I had to turn on the flashlights. The remoteness from the settlements made itself felt - the cellular communication in this place did not catch the signal.

Because of the danger of meeting a bear with them, the researchers had a gun - in the past exits to the forest more than once they saw the traces of the owner of the forest. This time we were able to meet only a young woodpecker, but some small fluffy animal, which for some reason did not react to shots at all - calmly watched people sitting on a pile of logs. There was not even a squirrel. Well, somewhere else nearby the fox yelped.

The next day, we again set off on the road, tracking and correcting the route using GPS devices. Search for all the same meteorite slags, which would help determine the place of expansion of the space guest parts and the epicenter of its fall. It is worth explaining here that meteorite slags or Kanskites are formed as a result of the combustion of low-melting elements of meteorite elements in the atmosphere. All that remains of them falls to the ground. The characteristic signs of slag are melting, which is formed when exposed to high temperatures, a glassy luster. Of course, skeptics may suggest that the slags found during the expedition are of terrestrial origin, however, similar slags found earlier underwent a laboratory study in Krasnoyarsk, where it was determined that one of the substances included in their composition was not identified with any known substances . Besides this, the slags raised in this area even before the real expedition coincide in characteristics with those that scientists find in the Podkamennaya Tunguska.

In the search from parking to parking, researchers had to overcome the difficult 16 kilometers. To withstand such a test, making his way through the mud of a taiga road, blockages and windbreaks, was not for everyone. Nevertheless, the expedition took place. Its main goals have been achieved. Now you have to find the impact crater itself, the funnel and the remains of the meteorite. The researchers plan to investigate the hill with the supposed site of meteorite impact, to find glass - the remains of the core. The route is already clear. As soon as the snow melts and allows you to move through the taiga, the researchers again plan to hit the road in search of a space guest, whose visit to the Earth in 2018 turned 110 years old.



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Program by day

Day 1

At 7.00 start from the city of Krasnoyarsk
Arrival in Zelenogorsk 9.30
Gathering the remaining members of the expedition
10.30 We leave for abandoned logging roads to the base camp.
Ahead there is a bad road, water obstacles, destroyed bridges, and much more that we have to go through!
16.00 Arrival at the camp.
16.30 Preparation of equipment, equipment, cooking, preparation for access to the radial route. Campfire holidays, discussion of tasks the next day.

Day 2

7.00 Exit to the route.
Search work in the surveyed square 16.00 return to the camp
19.00 Eating rest Rest
Depending on the result, we will plan the remaining 2 days on the spot.
We reserve the right to adjust and change routes. We make individual tours at the request of tourists.
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