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Two years later, a Russian satellite crashed into a communications satellite owned by the company Iridium.Space Station’s Near Miss Underlines the Dangers of Debris in Space|Eli Lake|March 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Les Paul was a Monday night regular at the New York City club Iridium for the final years of his life.
Note the quality of the following statements: Iridium has a power, purity and simplicity that pleases me; now I can make progress.
It has been observed that when Medicinal Iridium acts as a laxative, it will regulate the same.
It should not be difficult for the physician to fix the status of iridium under this sort of exploitation.
The native alloy of osmium and iridium does not alloy with gold, however, but falls to the bottom of the molten metal.
The gold may contain an alloy of osmium and iridium; if so, it should be weighed and treated with aqua regia.
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A Closer Look
In 1978 geologist Walter Alvarez discovered a high concentration of iridium in a layer of clay that had formed between the Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras, a period about 65 million years ago during which dinosaurs and many other organisms became extinct. This finding was significant as iridium is rare at Earth's surface (an unusually high concentration is called an iridium anomaly). Most surface iridium is thought to come from dust created when meteors disintegrate in the atmosphere or collide with Earth. Alvarez's father, the physicist Luis Alvarez, suggested that the iridium might have come from the impact of a meteor about 10 km (6.2 mi) across. Such an impact would have caused an enormous explosion, sending huge clouds of dust into the atmosphere. The dust, blocking out the Sun and causing extensive acid rain, would have triggered a worldwide ecological disaster. Many scientists think that such a disaster caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and at least 70 percent of all other species alive at the time, including most of Earth's land plants. Geologists have since found iridium deposits in rocks of a similar age in more than 100 places worldwide. Scientists in the early 1990s identified a large impact crater in the Yucatán peninsula of central Mexico that is the same age as the iridium deposit found by Alvarez. It is 200 km (125 mi) wide and may have been caused by the same impact.