I’m A Wasteland Giant - Chapter 40
Lu Zhou was currently testing a stone in a scientific research laboratory. If Chu Zixuan was here, he would have recognized at once that the stone was very similar to the one he saw in Heavenly Stone Village!
He was satisfied with the resources he had. Physicists, biologists, historians, chemists, and etc. had all gathered here. In the past, humans weren’t as united. They had to consider the pros and cons for themselves before doing joint research…
Soon after, experts from various disciplines took turns to examine the stone through the means of their respective fields.
When they finished examining it, Lu Zhou quickly asked, “Well, what is it?”
The archaeologist was the first to speak up: “Judging from the stratigraphic structure, this stone first appeared on Earth a million years ago…”
Other scholars expressed their agreement, saying: “According to the test, this stone indeed came to Earth a million years ago!”
Lu Zhou said with a frown, “You guys mean that this stone isn’t a product of Earth?”
An astronomy expert nodded and replied, “This is a piece of debris left by an meteorite about one kilometer in diameter when it hit Earth!”
“We used a variety of algorithms and roughly estimated that this piece of meteorite existed for a hundred million years, but it only arrived on Earth a million years ago!”
Lu Zhou nodded: “Understood. In other words, there are definitely other stones like this scattered within a range of one kilometer. I won’t ask that you figure out the reason why this stone can isolate the insects, but I want you, in the fastest time possible, measure the impact point of the meteorite that hit Earth a million years ago, its splash range, and the possible drop locations!”
As soon as his words sounded, an expert reported: “I have already simulated the impact point, while the rest are doing the calculations!”
Saying that, the expert quickly handed the simulated image to Lu Zhou for viewing.
Lu Zhou took a look, and sure enough, the tablet showed a video of a meteorite falling and crashing into the Earth from outer space.
“Where is this place?”
He was taken aback. He realized that the location of the impact point was different from all the continents he knew.
“I simulated it according to the geographic locations of a million years ago, when the continents were different from now…”
“Tell me the current geographical location!”
Lu Zhou flinched and dully said: “Don’t tell me that the Shu Chuan Basin was formed by this meteorite…”
“It wasn’t entirely due to the meteorite. The Shu Chuan basin gradually formed due to the movement of the earth’s crust. As for the specific landform millions of years ago, we can only do a simulation through differences in the stratum…”
After some sorting out, Lu Zhou figured everything out. He gave instructions to the experts to continue researching why this stone was able to isolate insects, before hurrying to the command.
Arctic Circle, Chinese military command center.
Yao Zhenguo was very surprised when he got the news. He quickly responded: “You’re saying that a small stone like this can isolate the insects?”
Lu Zhou nodded: “That’s right. Although I don’t know the exact principle behind it is, currently all types of insects go around the stone when they encounter a place with one…”
Yao Zhenguo hurriedly asked again: “Then what’s its range?”
“According to the research, we tentatively determine that the radiation range is based on the quality of the stone…”
Lu Zhou took out a piece of paper and calculated in earnest, saying: “In order to facilitate your understanding, I will explain it with less complicated terms taught in mandatory education…”
Yao Zhenguo listened and became expressionless. He had forgotten all the formulas he learned many years ago. He wanted to speak his mind, but decided to not say a word. Looking at the enthusiastic Lu Zhou, he didn’t want to interject.
“After professional calculations, we learned that the density of this stone is 3g/cmÂ3, the mass is about 100g, and the volume is 33cmÂ3. The radiation range is roughly a circle of 100 meters in diameter…”
Yao Zhenguo nodded and said: “That is to say, a small piece of stone weighing 100 grams can radiate a range of 100 meters in diameter?”
“Then how many such stones are there in total?”
“We did a rough calculation using a meteorite with a diameter of one kilometer, and came up with a volume of about 294524306.25 cubic meters and a mass of about 883,572.92 kilograms!”
“If we collect all the meteorite fragments and spread them out flat, they can cover about 613,442.96 square kilometers!”
Yao Zhenguo’s eyes lit up as he hastily asked: “Besides Shu Chuan, where else do the stones exist?”
“They are basically all over the country, spread by the immense splash range and carried by crustal movements!”
“But the closer to the Shu Chuan Basin, the greater the number and density of the rocks!
Lu Zhou narrated while opening the satellite map data and pointing at the location of Shu Chuan: “Look. Within Shu Chuan, there are hundreds of locations that have been found to be completely free of insect infestation…
“In addition to that, similar situations have occurred in some mountain peaks, which means that there are meteorite fragments there!”
Yao Zhenguo gave a rare compliment and inquired: “What is the name of this kind of stone?”
At that moment, Lu Zhou was bemused. He said: “I haven’t had a chance to name it yet!”
After learning the special characteristics of this stone, their research institute hadn’t stopped experimenting with it. Who even had the time to think of a name for it?
“Then give it a name now!”
Lu Zhou knew that the matter was urgent, so he didn’t put up a pretense. He thought about it and said: “Let’s call it the Aurora Stone. Expels darkness and welcomes the aurora!”
Yao Zhenguo clapped his hands for attention, at the same time issuing a number of orders to the orderly: “Collate the intelligence presented by Lu Zhou and send it to all military zones, informing them of the existence of the Aurora Stone. Also, military zones that are closer to the Shu Chuan Basin can consider evacuating civilians there…”
Soon after, above the sky of the Arctic Circle base, hundreds of Chinese fighter planes took off again, flying toward the territory of China, this time with the hope of aurora!
After Lu Zhou left, a member of the brain trust asked in puzzlement.
“Shall we pass this information to the other countries?”
Yao Zhenguo asked in return: “Are there any Aurora Stones within the territory of other countries?”
The brain trust member shook his head: “No, almost all the Aurora Stones are within our country!”
Yao Zhenguo plainly replied: “In that case, hold off for now!”
As soon as Lu Zhou returned to the research institute, someone quickly came up to him and reported.
“We’ve confirmed and measured by satellite comparison that not only are there Aurora Stones attached to mountain rocks, but there is also a large amount of them buried deep underground due to crustal movement…”
“According to the crustal movement map of the last million years, the deeper the Shu Chuan Basin, the more Aurora Stones there are. Also, the higher the mountains west of Shu Chuan, the more Aurora Stones there are, gathered…”
“Did you find a way to locate them?”
“No, we based our location data of Aurora Stones on the fear of the insects around them… The Aurora Stones look too ordinary. If not due to the characteristics of expelling the insects, their properties in all other aspects are too similar to ordinary stones…”