A Hundred Year Old House Hammerer
At the time of the
September 22, 1893 fall of Zabrodje, it was only the third known meteorite
from this country, and the second witnessed fall. The first recovered
meteorite in Belarus was the famous Brahin pallasite, and the second was a
246g howardite that fell in 1858 and later named Zmenj. The third Belarusian
meteorite was Zabrodje, and it smashed through a roof. Not a bad meteorite
collecting start for this country that is about the same size as Kansas.
The black velvet evening gown of melted L6 drapes gently
over the seductive curves of Zabrodje. Beauty truly is in
the eye of the beholder.
The swirling, flowing lines of Zabrodje capture the
imagination suggesting that after Zabrodje was
batted out of the interplanetary ballpark, this
soft-ball-sized chondrite was spinning wildly when
it drilled through the roof of a house.
In the early 1990s, Blaine Reed was able to purchase this specimen of Zabrodje from the estate of Mr. Schmidt. In August of 1992, the specimen again moved, this time into a private US collection where it rested comfortably for 13 years. Early this spring, the specimen once again packed it bags and moved into my home.
A shock vein scars the cut and polished face of
Zabrodje bearing witness to its own trials in
space. Although outer space is a cold place to
wander alone, the unusually thick crust
blanketing this cosmic transient only appeared
after things finally warmed up.
The broken face of
Zabrodje offers viewers
more shock veins that
wander through the
matrix like rivers
viewed from a mountain
top; flowing apart
entwining again, parting
ways further down