[meteorite-list] Meteorite trip - story part 1

From: Michael Farmer <meteoriteguy_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 20:30:17 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <862020.88598.qm_at_web33115.mail.mud.yahoo.com>

I do not think that is a meteorite. It is most likely
metallic slag, formed in a furnace. Lots of old
smelting gold/silver/copper occured in Arizona for the
last 130 years. The shape, the surface, the crystals,
all look strange, like furnace slag.
Michael Farmer
--- ted brattstrom <volcanoted at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I had a nice spring break - visited Meteor Crater,
> Holbrook, Painted Desert/Petrified Forest, and Gold
> Basin - found some meteorwrongs, took pictures of
> meteorite location signs (where do I e-mail
> those???) and here is part 1 of the story:
> Pallasite
> It was one of those interesting days... I had
> arrived after two long days drive from northern
> California to my fathers house in Arizona, While
> sitting enjoying an iced tea, my father comes
> over and says: "You can't have it, but the
> guy who owns it thinks it's a meteorite"... and
> hands me a nice chunk of heavy rock.
> What a thing to be handed....
> We started talking, and I got more
> of the story, the guy who owned it, got it 17-18
> years ago from another guy who said he got it
> from "near Wickenburg" (west-central Arizona).
> One of the two tried to pry out some of the green
> crystals, and then took a saw to it to see what was
> inside. Obviously he hadn't gotten all that far!
> However, it probably made it the easiest
> meteorite to identify without resorting to any
> tests other than simple observation.
> The saw cut shows off nice shiny metal, and
> the green of the olivine is stunning. As I
> continued to look at it, I realized that the
> brown stained pits were where olivines had
> "burned" out during it's descent..And what a great
> shape!
> We put it on a scale the next day
> and it is in the vicinity of 9 pounds (4+ kg).
> Cool!!!
> A few days later I was at NAU and
> had a chance to chat with Dr. Wittke and then
> check the NHM database - no pallasites listed
> from Arizona, and the closest ones are over in
> New Mexico. Several hundreds of miles away. So, is
> it a "new find" or did someome bring it over from
> New Mexico a number of years ago. Anyone familiar
> with the morphology of the NM pallasites?
> Before you ask, my understanding is
> that the owner is not interested in selling. If
> you really must, I can probably get offers to
> him, however I make no guarantee. He was
> interested in donating it to the appropriate
> institution at an appropriate time. (ASU - send
> me an e-mail :-) )
> If you want better quality/more pictures -
> I've got 38 images at 4-6MB each :-)
> Now, what do I do to get this
> official ???
> Pictures at:
> Cheers - ted
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Received on Tue 10 Apr 2007 11:30:17 PM PDT

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