In 1916, an iron stone weighing 4.5 kilograms was found in Africa, which is believed to have been part of a mountain 100 meters wide - a giant meteorite.

Since then, numerous searches have been carried out, but this mother's body has never been found and its existence confirmed.

This is reported by Science Alert.

A group of researchers set out to put an end to this issue.

The problem is that if such an iron mountain existed, it would be the largest meteorite on the planet.

That's why scientists from Imperial College London and the University of Oxford want to use magnetic anomaly maps to try to find where the meteorite fell.

A 2001 study found that the stone-iron mesosiderite fragment could not have been part of a meteorite larger than 1.6 meters in diameter.

Researchers say that the lack of an impact crater can be explained by the meteorite's low flight angle.

Also, previous missions may not have found the iron mountain, as it can be hidden under a layer of sand, and the search tools were imperfect.

It is interesting that Ripert described in detail the features of the iron hill.

The captain said that he found protruding metal needles, which he unsuccessfully tried to remove with blows of his stone.

Scientists believe that these were nickel-iron phases known as "Thomson structures".

In 1916, they were not yet known and it is unlikely that Ripert invented their existence.

Using the height of the dunes that could have hidden the giant meteorite as a guide, the team identified areas of interest and requested aerial magnetic survey data of these locations from the Mauritanian Ministry of Petroleum Energy and Mining.

But they have not yet been given access to this data.

We will remind you that an asteroid over 360 meters in size flew

near the Earth  ,

 but its distance to our planet was greater - 5.35 million kilometers.