Jim’s Fragments

Impact Breccias Another Visit

Impact Breccias Another Visit

Years ago I collected many more things. As a child, I collected stamps and coins. As an adult, I have collected tektites, antique balance scales, civil war artifacts, fossils, meteorites and more. I have reduced my collecting in the last couple decades to very slowly adding some additional meteorites only. I have stopped buying anymore […]

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Strange and Weird, Odds and Ends

Strange and Weird, Odds and Ends

The middle of the summer issue of Meteorite Times is always the hardest for me to find something to write. The gem show is over, and it is too hot to go hunting for meteorites in the desert. The world of meteorites is several systems that interconnect and work together for the most part. They […]

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The Moon In My Hand

The Moon In My Hand

Over the course of my life, I have cut thousands of rocks on diamond saws. Most of the rocks the last twenty years have been meteorites. But until yesterday I had never cut a lunar meteorite. There has been a significant amount of meteorite from The Moon recovered recently, Paul and I decided that we […]

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Tucson Gem Show 2017

Tucson Gem Show 2017

Most years I write something about the meteorite aspect of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. And it is that time again. Paul Harris and I went to the show with different goals and at a different time frame. We drove this year since we had the time and it is now more convenient to […]

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Meteor Crater Bomblets

Meteor Crater Bomblets

Harvey Harlow Nininger did about the best examination of the impact materials found at Meteor Crater in Arizona as anyone ever has. Some of the things that he reported on in depth had been seen and described poorly by others over several decades. The tiny bits of iron in the ground had been collected with […]

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Two More Newly Classified Meteorites

Two More Newly Classified Meteorites

As I cut meteorites to prepare them for sale I occasionally find one which is deserving of being classified. I would get them all classified if that was practical. But the realities of today are that ordinary chondrites are not being classified by many of the individuals who used to do them just 5 or […]

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NWA 10731 a Fascinating Stone

NWA 10731 a Fascinating Stone

It is always exciting for me when I get the word back that a meteorite has finished being classified and is off to be approved. That happened several weeks ago for Paul and me. Three meteorites I had found while cutting a mixed box of stones looked unusual enough to warrant being sent off and […]

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Before and After Holbrook and Meteor Crater Trip

Before and After Holbrook and Meteor Crater Trip

I am heading out to the Holbrook strewnfield in a few days. I missed the hundredth anniversary gathering/hunt and all the yearly ones since. Paul and I did get out there several years ago for a very successful two days of hunting. This year I am going to go to the yearly hunt. When I […]

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Fresh to Rotten in Just 50,000 Years

Fresh to Rotten in Just 50,000 Years

Well, you can guess that title is not referring to the lettuce that was forgotten in the refrigerator. Meteorites also do not always make it to fifty thousand years before completely falling apart and dissolving into the dirt. But, many desert falls do make it to that age or even longer. I had the process […]

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The 2016 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

The 2016 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

To tell the truth I do not really know how many times I have attended the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show but it has to be close to 25. I start getting excited about going just about New Year’s and struggle to get through the month of January. This year Paul and I went for […]

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Collecting My Thoughts

Collecting My Thoughts

The end of one year and the beginning of the next always seem to be a time of reflection for me. I think about the things I did during the year and the things that I did not complete. This last year I left two ceramics projects I wanted to do not even attempted. So […]

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The 20th Anniversary Gold Basin Meteorite Celebration

The 20th Anniversary Gold Basin Meteorite Celebration

The History Twenty years ago Jim Kriegh found the first meteorites at Gold Basin, Arizona while prospecting for gold in Hualapai Wash. He had the stones identified and confirmed as space rocks. For the next two years or so the area was systematically hunted by Jim Kriegh and Twink Monrad and John Blennert to determine […]

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Summertime Funtime

Summertime Funtime

Well summer is nearly over as I write this. It has been a fun season this year. Got in a couple trip to the desert for astrophotography. Got some ceramic pieces made and with both those interests tried new equipment and techniques. I try to never stop learning new things. This article has frankly been […]

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Once A Decade Muong Nong Tektite Article

Once A Decade Muong Nong Tektite Article

Spent a week making slices of Muong Nong Layered Tektite that were thin enough to see through easily. I do this every decade or so. It is hard work and time consuming. They can break easily if I am not careful since they are glass and only .020 -.030 inches thick. They are quite fragile. […]

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“I Just Know It Is A Meteorite”

“I Just Know It Is A Meteorite”

For once I have used the springtime for Spring Cleaning. Over the last couple years I have been doing project after project non stop in the garage and it was really getting out of control. I had reduced my available work space down to the corner of one work table. So after two weeks of […]

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