[meteorite-list] Meteorite has special meaning for woman

From: Ken Newton <magellon_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2007 00:24:05 -0400
Message-ID: <472D4965.9050300_at_earthlink.net>

Here is a photo:

Darren Garrison wrote:
> Okay, anybody near this? Sure doesn't sound kosher.
> http://www.bnd.com/336/story/169629.html
> Meteorite has special meaning for woman
> Jefferson City News Tribune
> JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --The black, pitted rock at the corner of Dorothy Lemke's
> property draws many curious passers-by.
> Recently, a schoolteacher stopped to visit with her about it.
> The visitor was not so surprised to learn it was a meteorite unearthed in a
> Versailles-area prairie turned terraced farmland more than 50 years ago.
> "I don't think many realize the significance of it," Lemke said. She has
> extended the invitation for students from the school across the street to come
> visit. But, "I think they can't visualize what I have," she said.
> When Lemke's father encountered the 4-foot-by-4-foot-by-2-foot mass of iron in
> 1950, he was expanding his environmentally friendly farm. And Lemke was a
> teenage girl more interested in boys.
> But as she became more aware and interested in archaeology, she realized the
> large rock, which they thought was an Indian stone, held sentimental value for
> her and she moved it to her home, then in California.
> It's taken heavy machinery to move the outerspace rock - three times now. And it
> continues to sink back into the ground the longer its sits.
> "It was just a big rock from the farm I grew up on, that I detested then but is
> precious to me now," Lemke said.
> About four years ago, Lemke had a geologist analyze what she had.
> "I was told there may be precious jewels inside," Lemke recalled.
> That was not the case, but she learned it was more than 300 million years old.
> And the oldest part is the sandstone that must have been struck by a stream of
> hot iron in space that filled in its cracks, the expert told her.
> "There's a lot of rocks in this town and many have them in their yards," Lemke
> said. "But not many are full of iron and 300 million years old."
> Lemke treasures her unique landscape feature; it didn't need to have diamonds
> inside, she said.
> If people might want to dispute the fact that this is a meteorite, Lemke
> admitted she wasn't an expert.
> However, "it couldn't be transported by humans and it had been buried for many
> years with no (similar) ones around it," Lemke defended.
> But she doesn't need to convince anyone, she said.
> She's content to see the sparkles of sandstone against the black iron when she
> works in her yard. And it's a reminder of the hard work her father put in to
> make their farm-home thrive.
> "It was just farmland then all of a sudden there was this rock that was buried,"
> Lemke said. "Anytime we run out of places to explore, surely we'll find
> something, if we explore the land."
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