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A Three For Me? Meteorite Hunting at the Tucson Show

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 23:30:49 PDT

Back a number of years, I spent more than a few hours at the Tucson Show with Jim Tobin digging through boxes of unidentified NWA stones. There were pallets of rocks with most of the potential meteorites rolling around cardboard board boxes. It was clear that they had already been high-graded by the dealer with […](image)

Two More Newly Classified Meteorites

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 22:18:23 PDT

As I cut meteorites to prepare them for sale I occasionally find one which is deserving of being classified. I would get them all classified if that was practical. But the realities of today are that ordinary chondrites are not being classified by many of the individuals who used to do them just 5 or […](image)

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 3

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:47:08 PDT

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 3 A newsletter for unclassified meteorites found in the USA. In all of my previous Bob’s Bulletins, I explained the meaning of the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being unwitnessed-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S., but that the […](image)

NWA 1685 LL4 Bessey’s BL

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 18:03:56 PDT

NWA 1685 LL4 is a handsome, interesting meteorite. Numerous stones were introduced in two releases by Dean Bessey and called BL. Individuals are glossy black on the outside and clearly brecciated on the inside. The brecciation is distinct because chondritic clasts differ in shock darkening, impact melt rock is featureless grey and many clasts are […](image)

A New Sort of Australasian Tektite Teardrop

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 17:32:08 PDT

There is a class of Indochinite teardrops that are commonly termed “Hershey’s Kisses” out of morphological similarities to their namesake. Some of these exhibit most unusual twisted tails, and this was to be an article about “twisters”, but I learned something unexpected along the way. There is power in numbers, and as I gathered a […](image)


Tue, 01 Nov 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)


Tue, 01 Nov 2016 12:40:18 PDT

Our Meteorite of the Month is kindly provided by Tucson Meteorites who hosts The Meteorite Picture of the Day. Suzanne writes: This is a highly weathered, to the point of shale, iron meteorite from the Wabar Craters in Saudi Arabia. It has an incredible ‘popped’ appearance, like it has been exploded out along planes. I […](image)

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)

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)