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March, 2014

Soko-Banja: LL4 Artillery from the Sky

Soko-Banja: LL4 Artillery from the Sky

The fall of the Soko-Banja, Serbia (Yugoslavia) chondrite At approximately two in the afternoon on October 13, 1877, a thunderous noise described by witnesses as “Batteries of cannon firing briskly” was heard, followed by a “violent concussion of air.” Then rocks were strewn around the region. Other witnesses further away described the event as “two […]

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The 2014 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Report

The 2014 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Report

Well another Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has come and gone. And I will not make you wait until the end for what I thought about this one. I think we did more good work as a business and had more fun and spent more great time with friends then ever before. I had a […]

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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ever since I discovered that it was hard to find a list of California Meteorites with detailed information that wasn’t out-of-date.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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Overgrowths

Overgrowths

These chondrules show the effects of multiple heating events coupled with accretion. They are chondrules and mineral grains that have gathered nebular dust, been heated and ended up with porphyritic olivine and pyroxene jackets.

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Ločenice Moldavites; move over Besednice!

Ločenice Moldavites; move over Besednice!

This year at the big Tucson show, one of the Czech moldavite suppliers had a frame of stunningly beautiful specimens recently recovered from the Ločenice area, a few kilometers northwest of Besednice (Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic). Ločenice is a long-known locality that has been revisited and systematically searched in the last year or two resulting […]

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The Atoka Meteorite

The Atoka Meteorite

Atoka is a small town in the wooded hills of southern Oklahoma, some 100 miles north of Fort Worth and TCU, as the crow or the meteorite flies. According to Wikipedia, it was settled by the Choctaw Indians in the 1830s and eventually named after their chief by a Baptist missionary, and besides a small […]

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Ivory Coast Tektites

Ivory Coast Tektites

by Alain Carion The tektites of Ivory Coast are without a doubt the rarest of the tektites in any collections. They have been found while searching for gold, particularly in gold placers, but local shamans and tribal chiefs usually kept them and prized them as amulets with great powers. They are sometimes called “Ivoirites”; they […]

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Tucson 2014 Meteorite Dealers Pictured on MPOD

Tucson 2014 Meteorite Dealers Pictured on MPOD

Our Meteorite of the Month is kindly provided by Tucson Meteorites who hosts The Meteorite Picture of the Day. A special thank you to Paul at Tucson Meteorites for posting dealer pictures daily during the Tucson Show.  Scrolling through them now brings back so many great memories from the show. If you’d like more information […]

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