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May, 2014

Avanhandava, Brazil: A No-Nonsense H4

Avanhandava, Brazil: A No-Nonsense H4

Avanhandava is a stone not usually represented in private collections, and even more rarely in anything larger than a gram or two. The distribution of Avanhandava is very low even though there are over nine kilograms in circulation. Avanhandava fell in San Paulo, Brazil in 1952. It is listed as an H4, S2, and despite […]

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My New Meteorite Saw

My New Meteorite Saw

I have had a great adventure the last couple weeks. My old diamond saw that I made about 30 years ago final died and I needed a new one. There is nothing on the market to go out and buy that will do what I want from a diamond saw. So I took a week […]

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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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Layered Chondrules in Allende CV3

Layered Chondrules in Allende CV3

These photos were taken of four thin sections that were deaccessioned by a US university. They appear to have been made by different people and at different times. On one, the cover slip cement has turned yellow. Some have labeling engraved on the slide behind the sample. Some of this can be attributed to the […]

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A Sweet Chlum Moldavite Dumbell

A Sweet Chlum Moldavite Dumbell

Over the years, we’ve only handled a few moldavite dumbells and even those were not great. Recently we were offered this gem by an Austrian collector (and we accepted!) 5.4 grams, Chlum, Czech Republic. A real beauty.

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HARRIMAN (of)

HARRIMAN (of)

The Harriman file is much bigger than the others with few pictures but many letters detailing a long, convoluted and difficult negotiation with many players. It was carried out by an associate of Oscar Monnig, who goes by the name of Vega or Bunch, not his real name according to Dr. Ehlmann, a resourceful person […]

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Meteorite of the Month: Gibeon

Meteorite of the Month: Gibeon

Our Meteorite of the Month is kindly provided by Tucson Meteorites who hosts The Meteorite Picture of the Day. Gibeon Meteorite 1616 grams. 230 mm long – Copyright Jim Strope. Iron, IVA TKW 26 metric tons. Fall not observed. Found 1836 in Great Namaqualand, Namibia. The fragments of the meteorite in the strewn field are […]

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