[meteorite-list] Stinky Meteorite
From: michael cottingham <mikewren_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2009 17:23:54 -0700
In the early days when Mike Farmer and I where bringing over the very
first batches of NWA's, I believe it was NWA 96? or NWA 90 something,
somewhere around that number, we had one that upon cutting smelled
like "Cotton Candy" It baffled everyone as to what the smell was or
where it came from. It was distinct though and no doubt it came from
within the meteorite. Some of you know which one I am talking about.
The smell of that meteorite made me think of the county fairs I have
been to! Since then I have come across many chondrites both
carbonaceous and ordinary that have had distinct smells-smells like
charcoal, gunpowder, bubble gum or cotton candy, acid like smells,
paint smells, and other smells. A strange event and very hard to pin
point down to the cause...
On Jun 20, 2009, at 5:07 PM, Greg Catterton wrote:
> Perhaps its the first "Urineite"...
> I have had a few that had a rotten egg like smell, but never urine.
> Greg C.
> --- On Sat, 6/20/09, Meteorites USA <eric at meteoritesusa.com> wrote:
>> From: Meteorites USA <eric at meteoritesusa.com>
>> Subject: [meteorite-list] Stinky Meteorite
>> To: "meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com" <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com
>> Date: Saturday, June 20, 2009, 7:49 PM
>> 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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