Bowling-ball drops from high altitude simulate meteor strikes

Utah space enthusiasts want to find out what salt-flats look like after a meteor strike (so they can figure out which geographical elements are meteoric). To that end, they propose to drop bowling balls onto the flats from high-altitude aircraft.

Members began searching for aircraft and a cooperative bowling alley until the government's Bureau of Land Management heard of the plan. Officials were not amused. The prospect of high speed bowling balls plunging into the weather stations, geology researchers or racing car enthusiasts that populate the salt flat was simply not acceptable, they announced. So the plan has been put on ice until the society can convince them that it is safe. Members of the society are now preparing a reportso that officials can determine if the proposal can go ahead.

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(via Making Light)