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The purpose of the book is a dual one: to detail the nature and results of Tunguska investigations in the former USSR and present-day CIS, and to destroy two long-standing myths still held in the West. The first concerns alleged "final solutions" that have ostensibly been found in Russia or elsewhere. The second concerns the mistaken belief that there has been little or no ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Copernicus Books (first published December 2008)
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Victor Sonkin
An excellent and very detailed account of the event, subsequent research and current theories.
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
On June 30, 1908, on a sunny Siberian morning at 00 H 14 M GMT (7:14 am local time) something exploded in the skies over the Podkamennaya (Lower Stony) Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai of Russia. The blast blew out windows 200 km away and was heard more than 800 km from the site. The seismic wave was recorded as far away as Germany and the atmospheric pressure wave was measured on barographs in London. The nearest eyewitnesses (30 km to the south-southeast) had their shelter blown ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I had always heard that the event that took place in Siberia in 1908 was caused by a meteor. This book shows that even after almost a century of studying all the data collected by scientists, no definitive answer to the question "What caused all the destruction in Tunguska?" has come to light. There is evidence to support many theories but each theory, ranging from a meteor to a comet to an alien spaceship to mirror matter, also has findings that dispute each one. How could millions of trees ...more
Lamouchi Lfc
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On 1908 something exploded in the sky above the Tunguska river in Siberia. The explosion flattened over 2000 square kilometers of forest,30 millions !The blast was heard more than 800 km from the site. The nearest eyewitnesses (30 km) had their shelter blown away, their local area set afire, and reported a second sun in the sky. The energy of the explosion was estimated to have been equivalent to the explosive force of as much as 15 megatons of TNT—a thousand times more powerful than the atomic ...more
Fiona Ottley
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Tough to read due to the "academic" nature of the writing. These types of writers took their high school instructions about each chapter having an intro, body & conclusion too seriously. They repeat themselves to the point of snoredom! Bottom line, they have no answer to the mystery. They provide all the evidence, discuss all the scenarios, including the star wars battle in our atmosphere one, and rule none out.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
On June 30, 1908, at 7:14 am local time, in a remote area of Siberia, an explosion occurred. This event was the equivalent of 10-30 megatons of TNT and flattened an area of 770-830 sq. miles, knocking down an estimated 30 to 80 million trees. This book examines the many expeditions and individuals who investigate, includes eyewitness accounts, and theories of the cause. Awesome scientific study.
Peter Andrews
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very thorough although somewhat scattered in its presentation.

This is a difficult subject in that I think the proper conclusion is that we do not understand what happened. It is very tempting to pick one of the many hypotheses and say this is it but the author shows that there is no one theory that accounts for all the credible evidence.
Jeremy Sawruk
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Somewhat verbose, the book presents a lot of information from several expeditions to the Tunguska site, as well as an insight into the scientific community during the USSR. The book does not firmly side with any particular solution to the problem, but has cautious optimism that computer simulations may become increasingly useful in resolving this mystery.
Just finished reading this book and I was amazed at the amount of information in it. I never realized the Tunguska Event of 1908 was still being looked into today. Reading about those involved in studying the event was quite interesting. I will definitely read this book again.
Mason Summers
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Nev Thomas
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Rather dry factual covering of a very dangerous event. Little is known to this day
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent overview of the current hypotheses and state of research; would benefit from better editing and translation, as well as operhaps a bit more rigorous treatment.
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