[meteorite-list] Glorieta - Taking The Hill

From: Michael Farmer <meteoriteguy_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 20:45:24 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <84124.1818.qm_at_web33113.mail.mud.yahoo.com>

Hey Greg and list
we found 6 more pieces today, 2 of which are
pallasitic. Tomorrow is the last hunting day. We had
the largest gathering of meteorite experts on a
meteorite hunt that I have ever seen. It has been a
Michael Farmer
--- Greg Hupe <gmhupe at tampabay.rr.com> wrote:

> Dear List Members,
> I just got back from a 5-day fun-filled meteorite
> hunt at Glorieta Mountain
> with about 14 of our fellow meteorite
> collectors/hunters. I would have to
> re-name it the "Meat Grinder" due to the rugged
> terrain which caused many
> cuts, scrapes, bruises and nearly every eye in the
> group to be almost poked
> out by branches hiding what we were after, Glorieta
> meteorites!!
> This was my first hunt to the mountain, as well as
> about half of the group.
> On the first day, four small pieces were found, all
> under 20 grams each. The
> next day Patrick Hermann from Canada made the best
> discovery of the trip, a
> whopper of a find at about 5 kilos! My last day of
> hunting was April 24th.
> At 9:25 AM and 32 hours of swinging my detector coil
> on grass and small
> cactus, around boulders, over cliffs and under
> trees, it hollered a loud
> unmistakable screech which had a different sound
> from the numerous cans,
> wire and other garbage from the past. I brushed away
> the pine needles and a
> light coating of dirt to reveal my first Glorieta
> pallasite, a beautiful
> 110.6 gram individual resembling a face. I've since
> named it "The 'Glorieta'
> Mask". At first I did not think it was a pallasite
> since the olivine
> crystals were coated by years of caliche and dirt.
> It wasn't until after I
> returned to the cabin that I cleaned it and was
> wowed again by the two large
> crystals which made the "eyes" of the face.
> After the remaining part of the group returned from
> another outing, Bob Haag
> pulled out his surprise find of the day, a
> spike-shaped individual pallasite
> weighing around 150 grams, making his the second
> largest find, my the third
> and Patrick's the largest. These finds prompted the
> remaining group members
> to hunt an extra day or two which I am looking
> forward to hearing how they
> did. I hope they will share their individual
> adventures with us. I had a
> blast and will go back again as time permits.
> Glorieta is a brutal hunt and
> I take my hat off to all who have hunted it in the
> past.
> Here are a few photos of the hunt and some of the
> finds:
> Most of the group (can you put a name with every
> face?)
> http://www.lunarrock.com/glorieta/img_0019.jpg
> Rugged strewn field terrain.
> http://www.lunarrock.com/glorieta/img_0020.jpg
> A very happy Patrick with his 5 kilo find just
> minutes after discovery!
> http://www.lunarrock.com/glorieta/img_0022.jpg
> Celebrating Patrick's find (Thanks for dinner!!).
> http://www.lunarrock.com/glorieta/img_0032.jpg
> My 110.6 gram find, can you see the GPS coordinates
> ;-)
> http://www.lunarrock.com/glorieta/img_0058.jpg
> Three happy campers (L-R Greg, Bob and Patrick)
> http://www.lunarrock.com/glorieta/img_0081.jpg
> L-R - 110.6g, ~150g and ~5-kilo finds.
> http://www.lunarrock.com/glorieta/img_0084.jpg
> 110.6 gram after cleaning.
> http://www.lunarrock.com/glorieta/dsc00001.jpg
> 110.6 gram "The 'Glorieta' Mask" (Do you see the
> eyes, nose and mouth?)
> http://www.lunarrock.com/glorieta/dsc00002.jpg
> 110.6 gram individual - reverse image (note melted
> olivines - black color)
> http://www.lunarrock.com/glorieta/dsc00003.jpg
> I hope you enjoyed the photos and brief hunt story.
> I'm too beat up and
> tired from the hunt to write much longer.
> Best regards,
> Greg
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Received on Wed 25 Apr 2007 11:45:24 PM PDT

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