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QUEBEC FARMERS FEAR ORANGE STUFF INSIDE CRATERS IS WEIRD COSMIC CROP

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In what sounds like a scene from a science-fiction movie, Quebec farmers are worried about a strange orange substance growing inside craters formed by meteors that crashed into their pastures last week.

Scientists conducted tests Tuesday on scores of the small craters which now dot the area near St. Robert, Quebec, 48 miles down the St. Lawrence River from Montreal.Initial tests indicated the orange growth is a common form of earthly fungus, not an alien life form, scientists said on Canadian television. They gathered samples of the spongy orange substance for further study at agricultural laboratories in Ottawa.

But local farmers told CBC TV they still had their doubts and were keeping their children and livestock well away from the site just to be safe.

Geologists were excited by the event, saying they hoped to measure short-lived isotopes from the fresh fragments.