[meteorite-list] Stinky Meteorite

From: Joe Kerchner <skyrockmeteorites_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2009 16:58:17 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <749482.28213.qm_at_web43413.mail.sp1.yahoo.com>


    Does the matrix look normal or could it be a carb chondrite? I have heard of some CC's that have unusual smells. could you post a link to a photo?
Joe Kerchner

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From: Meteorites USA <eric at meteoritesusa.com>
To: "meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com" <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 6:49:31 PM
Subject: [meteorite-list] Stinky Meteorite

Hi List,

Don't laugh! This is weird...

While slicing some unclassified chondrite meteorites I noticed one meteorite that was particularly odoriferous. I don't really want to say "what" this piece smells like as I don't know if it's appropriate list content. Let's just say that dogs lift their leg to fire hydrants, and maybe, sometime in the past, this stone just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The smell was super intense while cutting. At first I didn't know where it was coming from, then when I finished the cut, I actually smelled the stone to see if that's where the odor was originating. Sure enough! Yuck!

I've cleaned the stone throughly. No amount of cleaning will remove the smell. It's definitely coming from within the meteorite itself.

Has anyone else had any of their NWA stone meteorites that smell really bad?

-- Regards,
Eric Wichman
Meteorites USA

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