November 14, 2022
In 1908, in a very remote part of Siberia, a fireball came out of the sky and flattened 2,000 square kilometers of forest. Yet there was no impact crater. Over the history of Russia, post-revolution, Soviet, and post-Soviet Union, a number of expeditions have visited this area of the taiga. Theories about what occurred included a meteor, an asteroid, an icy comet, a nuclear-powered spaceship, a black hole, a piece of anti-matter, and more. As the years passed, and the mystery remained, a fondness for the area by the visitors became a desire to preserve the environment of the unique place. On this episode of Inquiry, we talk with ANDY BRUNO. He is an environmental historian and associate professor at Northern Illinois University. His new book is TUNGUSKA: A SIBERIAN MYSTERY AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL LEGACY.