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An Interplanetary Ambassador: The Gibeon Meteorite

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:19:24 PDT

Sometime late last century I purchased a chunk of Gibeon iron from Blaine Reed. It was a very well formed complete individual that contained many of the features I needed. Yes, needed. For this particular iron was going to earn its keep as a tool for teaching about the solar system. Since that time, literally […](image)

NWA 10731 a Fascinating Stone

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 22:08:32 PDT

It is always exciting for me when I get the word back that a meteorite has finished being classified and is off to be approved. That happened several weeks ago for Paul and me. Three meteorites I had found while cutting a mixed box of stones looked unusual enough to warrant being sent off and […](image)

Part 2 – Tektite or Impactite or Obsidian Pseudo-tektite?

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 20:46:38 PDT

Preliminary results from quick tests with a handheld XRF show that you can tell the difference.   Recently I was able to get access to a hand-held XRF analyzer (a Thermo Niton XL2 GOLDD unit). After much delay due to hardware problems and scheduled maintenance, I was finally able to test the various specimens of […](image)

Tieschitz H/L3.6

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:32:37 PDT

Tieschitz is interesting in thin section. In our sample, large and small chondrules are set apart by opaque matrix. Radial pyroxene and cryptocrystalline chondrules display aqueous alteration. One large chondrule contains several relict grains. We see chondrules that appear to be radial olivine darkened with fine included particles, probably amphiboles or other alteration products, and […](image)

Splatform Tektite Basal surface textures

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:26:55 PDT

Splashform tektites largely assumed their geometric form during aerodynamic flight, giving rise to a wide variety of dumbbells, teardrops, patties, spheroids, and similar forms. Amongst the splashforms, there is a subclass which I term “splatforms” which show deformation of primary shapes suggestive of having “splatted” against some hard surface while yet very plastic. In the […](image)


Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:16:53 PDT

After much thought I have decided to publish a new quarterly magazine about hunting, collecting, and the science of rocks from outer space. I will not be accepting yearly subscription payments, only payments as each individual issue is published and ready to mail out to the subscribers. If you have any questions please send me […](image)

Imilac Pallasite

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:26:40 PDT

Our Meteorite of the Month is kindly provided by Tucson Meteorites who hosts The Meteorite Picture of the Day. jnmczurich writes: This end section is a part of a 19 kg mass, found within the Imilac strewn field in 1986. One of the pictures shows the original impact crater with the 19 kg individual/fragment looking […](image)

Oriented Canyon Diablo Meteorite? I hope so.

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 23:08:12 PDT

The irons and iron fragments from Canyon Diablo or Meteorite Crater, or Meteor Crater, or Barringer Crater, or Coon Mountain or any of several other names is a staple in every collection. From huge display pieces to micro mounts, Canyon Diablo, or CDs, are important representative of meteorite history, meteorite science, and meteorite collecting. So […](image)

Before and After Holbrook and Meteor Crater Trip

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 22:01:50 PDT

I am heading out to the Holbrook strewnfield in a few days. I missed the hundredth anniversary gathering/hunt and all the yearly ones since. Paul and I did get out there several years ago for a very successful two days of hunting. This year I am going to go to the yearly hunt. When I […](image)

Takysie Lake – The Classic “Pseudometeorite” – Found By Harvey H. Nininger – Still a Mystery?

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:47:36 PDT

Takysie Lake – The Classic “Pseudometeorite” – Found By Harvey H. Nininger – Still a Mystery? The first time I saw a specimen of Takysie Lake was 16 years ago (in 2000). I had purchased a small stone from an old collector from San Diego. He explained that it was self-collected in 1991 from the […](image)

SaU 008 Martian shergottite

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:14:56 PDT

Sayh al Uhaymir 008 is one of the several pairings with SaU 005. These pairings have a total weigh of about 25 pounds. It is a Martian basaltic shergottite of a type sometimes called olivine-phyric. It is composed of olivine megacrysts in a finer grained groundmass of pigeonite and plagioclase. In these cross-polarized light (XPL) […](image)

Two splatted teardrops—-

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:14:49 PDT

I hope that this will not disappoint you, but we will not here debate just what they splatted on, but it was either against a cushion of speed-related compressed air or the earth’s surface. That they “splatted” is clear. These were once highly liquid blobs of glass shaped as classic teardrops that impacted, in this […](image)

The Great Family Reunion Also Known As The Ensisheim Show

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:29:00 PDT

Yes, the Ensisheim-Meteorite Show has the feel of a family reunion. We all meet there in this friendly old Alsatian town once a year, we celebrate the new deserving members of the family, we learn about the new accomplishments of various members, and we chat until late in the night over Alsatian tart, Meteor beer […](image)

Canyon Diablo Meteorite 1979 grams

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:06:53 PDT

Our Meteorite of the Month is kindly provided by Tucson Meteorites who hosts The Meteorite Picture of the Day. Submit Pictures to Meteorite Pictures of the Day(image)

Jerome. Idaho’s First Stone Meteorite

Sun, 01 May 2016 23:42:32 PDT

Jerome was first found in 1954. A single 6.8kg stone was recovered from a plowed field in Jerome county, Idaho. While interesting in that it’s a meteorite, Jerome lacked even the most basic dignity of a complete classification. But for now, we’ll just have to settle for Jerome, L chondrite. When I lived in Idaho, […](image)