Bob’s Findings

Part  2 – Tektite or Impactite or Obsidian Pseudo-tektite?

Part 2 – Tektite or Impactite or Obsidian Pseudo-tektite?

Preliminary results from quick tests with a handheld XRF show that you can tell the difference.   Recently I was able to get access to a hand-held XRF analyzer (a Thermo Niton XL2 GOLDD unit). After much delay due to hardware problems and scheduled maintenance, I was finally able to test the various specimens of […]

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Takysie Lake – The Classic “Pseudometeorite” – Found By Harvey H. Nininger – Still a Mystery?

Takysie Lake – The Classic “Pseudometeorite” – Found By Harvey H. Nininger – Still a Mystery?

Takysie Lake – The Classic “Pseudometeorite” – Found By Harvey H. Nininger – Still a Mystery? The first time I saw a specimen of Takysie Lake was 16 years ago (in 2000). I had purchased a small stone from an old collector from San Diego. He explained that it was self-collected in 1991 from the […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 2

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 2

 A newsletter for unclassified meteorites found in the USA.   In all of my previous Bob’s Bulletins, I explained the meaning of the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being unwitnessed-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S., but that the finders of these meteorites have found […]

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Is it a Tektite or a Pseudo-tektite?

Is it a Tektite or a Pseudo-tektite?

Is it a Tektite or a Pseudo-tektite? Now there is a quick test to tell the difference. As they say in Hollywood, “Let’s cut to the chase.” So, I will admit right now, this “quick test” will require a hand-held XRF analyzer. At least, that was the device that I was lucky enough to get […]

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Unclassified USA Meteorites from Coyote Dry Lake

Unclassified USA Meteorites from Coyote Dry Lake

A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA. Featured this month is Coyote Dry Lake (circa 1995-2004)   This volume of my Bulletin of unclassified U.S. meteorites features a new format for documenting these “orphaned” finds. Hopefully this will be a more convenient format for when there are more than 100 finds to be reported. […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 4

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 4

A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA.   In my first Bulletin, I introduced the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being unwitnessed-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S., but that the finders of these meteorites have found great difficulty in getting their finds recorded, […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 3

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 3

A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA. In my first Bulletin, I introduced the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being unwitnessed-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S. Unfortunately, the vast majority of U.S. finds are of this type. I went on to write that […]

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The Point Loma Lost “Meteorite”

The Point Loma Lost “Meteorite”

Last reported in a 1904 newspaper article. Image location: The historical (Old) Point Loma Lighthouse is located in the Cabrillo National Monument at the southern tip of Point Loma in San Diego. Latitude: 32.66503 — Longitude: -117.24266 For a larger map of the area around the Point Loma (Old & New) Lighthouses, click here: Mapquest. […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 2

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 2

A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA. In my previous article, I introduced the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being non-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S. Unfortunately, the vast majority of finds are of this type. It wasn’t very long ago that this […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA.

Bob’s Bulletin – A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA.

Here in the United States of America, if you want to get a meteorite classified, you have to pay some professional to get it done. It does sound like the American-way, but there was a time not too long ago that you could get a classification done on your meteorite just for the price of […]

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UPDATE: San Bernardino Wash (L5)

UPDATE: San Bernardino Wash (L5)

Nomenclature Committee voted on my 2012 finds and officially named them San Bernardino Wash Since my first article on this subject back in January 2014, there has been a lot of effort (including additional fieldwork) to get my UCLA-classified finds from the San Bernardino Wash (SBW) strewn-field (as well as subsequent finds) approved by the […]

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Novato – Collision History Revealed in California Rock

Novato – Collision History Revealed in California Rock

The long anticipated paper by Peter Jenniskens and The Novato Meteorite Consortium has finally been published. The meteorite that fell onto the roof of Lisa Webber’s house in Novato, California, on Oct. 17, 2012, has revealed a detailed picture of its origin and tumultuous journey through space and Earth’s atmosphere. Peter Jenniskens led an international […]

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Meteor-wrongs

Meteor-wrongs

Another photo gallery of the usual suspects. Over the past decade, various people have contacted me asking for help in getting their “meteorite” identified. In recent years, what with meteorites being mentioned more in the media, there isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t get asked, “How much is my rock worth?”. But […]

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El Mirage Dry Lake Clean-up

El Mirage Dry Lake Clean-up

Volunteers needed to help “clean-up” El Mirage Dry Lake. The title of this article may mislead you into thinking that I am looking for volunteers to help clean up all the remaining meteorites from El Mirage Dry Lake (well, maybe I am). Actually, this “clean-up” is really an event where a large group of volunteers […]

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List of California Meteorites

List of California Meteorites

 This updated list is organized into Falls, and Finds from dry-lakes, and Finds not from dry-lakes. This is a project that I’ve been working on ever since I discovered that it was hard to find a list of California Meteorites with detailed information that wasn’t out-of-date. The pace of meteorite-recovery in the state of California […]

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