[meteorite-list] Samples

From: JKGwilliam <h3chondrite_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 15:53:31 -0700
Message-ID: <20071229225333.OSDU22811.fed1rmmtao101.cox.net_at_fed1rmimpo02.cox.net>

I know that many of the Arizona meteorite hunters had loyalties to
University of Arizona and/or Arizona State University in the
past. Several years ago, it wasn't unusual to get a classification
(free) done in just a few months depending on who you knew at which
school and what you relationship to them was. The Arizona
universities were excited to see more Arizona material start showing
up. But as time went by and meteorite hunting popularity increased,
so did the amount of material submitted to labs for
classification. I don't know if I'm right, but I suppose that the
meteorite scientists might have lost their interest in the common
stuff after seeing so much of it. Prior to that, there was very
little material submitted for classification.

Just my opinion,
At 12:17 PM 12/29/2007, Mark Crawford wrote:
>At the risk of sounding naive, why /wouldn't/ you pay for
>professional classification? If Bessey's fee of around $80 is
>typical (and I admit, I don't know if that's the case), why would
>you risk lost samples or interminable delays? Why not just add an
>extra buck/gramme to the sale price?
>I guess what I'm asking is, what's the non-financial reason for
>lodging with a non-fee-charging establishment? Do 'professional'
>labs only validate a limited range of types (eg - Bathurst don't do
>irons)? Do you have no say over where the type specimen gets lodged?
>JKGwilliam wrote:
>>I suppose the only solution is to pay for the classification
>>services so true "professionals" will be handling your
>>specimen. Please don't misunderstand my use of the word
>>"professional." I'm talking about scientists who are also business
Received on Sat 29 Dec 2007 05:53:31 PM PST

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