[meteorite-list] San Juan Capistrano

From: Jim Wooddell <jimwooddell_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2011 05:31:49 -0700
Message-ID: <BANLkTimkVfTq3zsR3Am4sERsMgNWa0+5wg_at_mail.gmail.com>

Hi Jason!

I just had to comment....

When I hunt Franconia, I always wonder what could have been found
where the train track, the freeway, and the housing development are
now located!! One of my larger stones was found 75 yards from the
freeway pavement and it's prime hunting area!
I think Ruben found a 5 pound stone in the same area.
In another area, prime for hunting, some yahoo took a tractor and it
looks like they plowed an entire area up....probably covering up stuff
from the construction of the freeway. I have found meteorites on both
side of this plowed up area.

So while the strewnfields are often huge, any development in them
reduces the possibility of some good finds!

It seems on this one in the list however, does not have a strewnfield.


Jim Wooddell

On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 8:51 PM, jason utas <jasonutas at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello All,
> I've gotten the impression from the emails on the list that people
> believe that this fall consisted of two separate stones. ?The fall
> consisted of a single stone that fell without sonic effects or any
> real witnesses; a neighbor recalled hearing a loud noise (when the
> stone likely hit the awning that it penetrated), but, had it not been
> for the astuteness of the homeowner whose property was damaged, the
> fall would likely have gone unnoticed.
> The fragment mentioned as having been found in a gutter a month later
> was found in the gutter of the same awning that the main mass
> penetrated, and most likely broke off of the main mass when it hit the
> awning.
> It would undoubtedly be worthwhile to look for other fragments in the
> surrounding area, but we must put things in perspective. ?Since
> strewn-fields are almost always miles in width, let alone length, the
> fact that the relatively tiny development is being resurfaced seems
> unimportant, at least to me. ?The area is bordered by rolling grassy
> hills that are in no immediate danger of being developed.
> - To say nothing of the fact that the illegal night-time hunting
> for/of new Canyon Diablo specimens is apparently widely accepted by
> our collecting community.
> California's second witnessed fall was heralded by a witnessed, large,
> fragmenting fireball; there's more of that to be found, for those who
> have the time and are experienced backpackers...
> Regards,
> Jason
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