[meteorite-list] Mining Asteroids

From: Larry Atkins <thetoprok_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:13:42 -0500
Message-ID: <15212fe9f95-2d36-1e0aa_at_webprd-m03.mail.aol.com>

Hi Sean,

  Think of it like this. If you put the Earth in a giant blender, mix it all up, then take a shovel full, the ratio of precious metals would be higher than if you didn't blend it. In essence it would be like sampling a chondritic asteroid. Go to an asteroid or bring one back, every scoop is high in rare earth elements because it is not differentiated and is equal to the solar ratio.
That's the way I understand it. If I'm off someone correct me please.

Larry Atkins
IMCA # 1941

-----Original Message-----
From: Sean Brooks via Meteorite-list <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
To: meteorite-list <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Mon, Jan 4, 2016 9:27 pm
Subject: [meteorite-list] Mining Asteroids

Hello Listers,
                     Over the years there's been a lot of talk about
mining asteroids for gold, diamonds, platinum and other valuable
metals. There are groups forming companies, looking for investors and
finding them. What I'm wondering is if all that treasure is out
there wouldn't we already have found it in the tens of thousands of
meteorite samples we know about within the meteorite community? I
realize we've found nano diamonds and nickel along with the iron group
material but is there any thing indicating that there's any reason to
justify the expense of an space mining operation? If I'm wrong about
what we've already found in meteorite samples please correct me. Any

Sean Brooks

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