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April, 2012

Lissa: Fell 110 years before Czechoslovakia, and 182 years before the Czech Republic

Lissa: Fell 110 years before Czechoslovakia, and 182 years before the Czech Republic

Lissa is an L6 meteorite that fell in 1808. And that’s a long time ago by any meteorite collecting measurement. I feel fortunate to have a slice in my collection because Lissa fell when the ancestors on my father’s side lived in what was once Bohemia, then Czechoslovakia, and now the Czech Republic.    This […]

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Mystery Stone Revealed

Mystery Stone Revealed

I left you all hanging a couple issues ago regarding a meteorite I bought at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Well, I am ready to tell all now that it is done being classified. It was a strange stone, with a very weird looking outside surface. It was a funny color and not very […]

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IMCA Insights – April 2012

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NWA 6007 L3.5

NWA 6007 L3.5

NWA 6007 is terrestrially fresh but shocked. It has well defined chondrules as you would expect of an L3.5. Compression has caused an orientation of components within the stone. Dark inclusions are scattered throughout.                  

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Meteorite Calendar – April 2012

Meteorite Calendar – April 2012

Please click on the meteorite calendar to view a larger image.

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Springwater Pallasite

Springwater Pallasite

Our Meteorite of the Month is kindly provided by Tucson Meteorites who hosts The Meteorite Picture of the Day. Contributed by Robert Ward, Springwater 312 gram slice. Pallasite PMG-an Submit Pictures to Meteorite Pictures of the Day

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Collapsed Lei Gong Mo Bubble Fragment

Collapsed Lei Gong Mo Bubble Fragment

A collapsed Lei Gong Mo bubble fragment, Guangdong Province, China (from the author’s private collection)     This is a popped bubble where a flap of the skin folded in on itself while still sufficiently hot and plastic to fuse along the inner surface. Both surfaces have seen the same duration of terrestrial etching, but […]

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