[meteorite-list] Carancas development plan

From: Michael Farmer <meteoriteguy_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 16:12:32 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <452699.80748.qm_at_web33108.mail.mud.yahoo.com>

Why would bob know? He was there all of four hours.
I bought some of the meteorite at the Munich show,
most of the pieces were so fragile they were turning
to dust in front of us. The nice 800 gram fragment is
now in about 20 pieces, which is why I did not buy it.

Forget about more in the crater, this stuff is so
fragile that two months in the water have destroyed
it. I told them two weeks after that time was running
out. It has now surely run out, there is only mud left
there now. They will not dig it up. That has been
decided by the Peruvian government. They smell tourist
dollars. I highly doubt they will ever recoup their
money from tourists. Who wants to pay to go see a hole
that looks like a pig wallow, complete with the sewage
one would expect.

Thanks to Haag, Hans, Robert, Moritz and I, at least
some kilos of the Carancas meteorite survived the
hostile environment of Peru. I hope no other meteorite
falls there for some time.
Michael Farmer
--- "E.P. Grondine" <epgrondine at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi Mike, Doug, all -
> Given the problems with water at the site, and the
> lack of transportation near to it, my thinking is
> that
> perhaps they may be better off searching the crater,
> including the floor, for any fragments, and then
> removing them.
> I suppose what they do next depends on what is
> recovered, but filling in the crater with clean sand
> is certainly another option. While we're very
> interested in the crater here on the meteorite list,
> I
> can't imagine many people making a side trip to
> visit
> it, so that $10,000 may just end up as a local
> consolation prize. There may be other ways $10,000
> could be spent in the community which would have
> greater and more beneficial long term effects.
> Sale of small fragments may fund their national
> meteorite recovery program and national or local
> museum operations - but it is important that the
> local
> people see some benefit from this. I think that the
> best display location would be in an existing
> facility
> either at the border crossing or down at the lake.
> I suppose Bob Haag has a much better idea what it
> going on and what will happen next. As for TKW,
> aside
> from what remains (or not) in the crater, my guess
> is
> that over the coming years small pieces may be
> recovered from both the strewn field and under the
> flight path.
> E.P. Grondine
> Man and Impact in the Americas
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