[meteorite-list] RICHLAND

From: dean bessey <deanbessey_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 12:59:35 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <986220.4509.qm_at_web56109.mail.re3.yahoo.com>

--- Michael Farmer <meteoriteguy at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I think Sergey's explanation is most likely, that
> the
> Richland mass was the transported piece, since it
> only
> weighed 12 kilograms.
That is probably right. But if so, that makes for
other interesting questions.
The first question is did Richland show evidence of
having crude attempts at chipping pieces off to make
iron tools (See my previous posting) before it was
cut? That would explain the reason why it was moved in
prehistoric times.
Also, Richland was found in a well or something -
possibly put there for support, which means you have
no idea where the strewnfield is located since it was
likely moved (Even if Fredericksburg was the
transported meteorite).
This means that the Fredericksburg meteorite was
probably found where it fell. (And for those of you
who dislike and just have to question meteorite names
then The Richland mass should be called Fredericksburg
- not the other way around).
Anyway, my real point is that with some research you
should be able to pinpoint, or at least narrow down
whar farm Fredericksburg was found on.
We know that there are at least two masses. And if
there are two there are probably more (If there was
only one it could have fallen in one piece without
breaking up and no other mass would exist). But we
know that the original mass broke up creating multiple
pieces so there should be more still unfound.
As a result a search of the Fredericksburg strewnfield
would most likely turn up more masses.
Of course another perfectly plausable explanation is
that there might only have been one mass in the first
place but the indians wanted to make iron tools and
the original mass was just to big to move (and carry
home). So they broke it in two - therby artifically
creating Richland.
Just some thoughts

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