[meteorite-list] South Pole Meteorite????????????
From: Sterling K. Webb <sterling_k_webb_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 12:41:53 -0500
The story may be "crazy," but the Antarctic Research
Vessel "Hero" is not. Here is an excellent website about
it history and its retirement life since leaving Palmer Station:
The "Hero" is currently to be found in Newport, Oregon.
It has passed through the hands of several private owners
and extensive repairs and renovations have been made. It
was moored at the Newport docks, but this year was moved
to a less accessible location in the Bay. It may or may not
still be owned by a gentleman named Bill Wechter.
The R/V "Hero" has a length of 125 feet and a breadth
of 30 feet 4 inches. She displaces 300 tons, with a draft of
14 feet. Her range under power of the 760 hp engine is
6,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. The sails were used for
"silent running." Meteorites being dense and heavy, I
would think they would make a fine ballast for a vessel
in heavy seas, and Antarctic waters would qualify in that
How many of those useless big black rocks did they
chunk down in the bottom of the hull, do you suppose?
Anybody on the list live in Oregon? [Insert the smiley
Sterling K. Webb
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jason Utas" <meteoritekid at gmail.com>
To: "Meteorite-list" <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 11:41 AM
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] South Pole Meteorite????????????
Hola Darren, All,
The story may be crazy, but that meteorite shows weathering exemplary
of Antarctic meteorites. Note the thin cracks - almost certainly
lined with evaporites, hence the white lining. Also note the fresh
exterior and weathered interior. Bassikounou? Nothing like it. More
like Antarctic material, to be frank, which, other than ice-blasting,
typically shows little-to-no external weathering and varying degrees
of internal oxidation.
It is a crazy story, but, to be frank, it's either a fresh stone from
a salty terrestrial environment that's been laying around for a very
short time in very wet conditions, or it is, in fact, from an ice
field (somewhere). I've never seen such weathering features on a
meteorite from...anywhere else. Have a look at those pictorial
catalogs of Antarctic meteorites if you don't believe me - you'll see
what I mean.
On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 12:13 AM, Darren Garrison <cynapse at charter.net>
> On Mon, 13 Oct 2008 22:27:56 -0500, you wrote:
>>Here is a link to a "South Pole Meteorite"
>>The story sounds kinda lame to me.
> Story is crazy, but meteorite looks nice. Whaddya think, Bassikounou?
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