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March, 2016

The Twodot Chondrite: Montana’s Only Stone Meteorite

The Twodot Chondrite: Montana’s Only Stone Meteorite

About two months before the end of last century, an hunter scouting a heard of elk literally crawled up on a meteorite. How did he know it was a meteorite and not one of the other billions of rocks lying around? Well, he just did. He believed it was from space even though the finder […]

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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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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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Metal in DaG 1040 CV3

Metal in DaG 1040 CV3

Dar al Gani 1040 is from central Libya, found on a long limestone plateau at about 2,000 feet elevation. We’ve looked at DaG 1040 before and noted its friable matrix, varied chondrules and prominent metal. Here we’ll concentrate on the metal. All photos, except the first two, are of thin sections in incident light.

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A monument to Billitonites!

A monument to Billitonites!

Streets radiate from a focal roundabout at the city center of Belitung Island’s largest metropolis, Tanjung Pandan. Within this roundabout is a formal garden in the shape of a flower, and at its center is a pool ringed with jetting fountains. Rising from the pool are six massive tiled columns supporting a hexagonal platform slab […]

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More Than Meteorites In Meteorite Collections

More Than Meteorites In Meteorite Collections

It would come as no surprise to any long time reader that I love everything about Meteor Crater. I love the history of the investigations and I love all the varied rocks from the site. Over the years I have gathered a few things that while not meteoritic themselves are from the crater. For me […]

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Sariçiçek Howardite Meteorite 132.75 grams

Sariçiçek Howardite Meteorite 132.75 grams

Our Meteorite of the Month is kindly provided by Tucson Meteorites who hosts The Meteorite Picture of the Day. Observed fall 2 September 2015, Bingol, Saricicek village, Turkey. Pronounced Sari-Chi-chek, meaning ‘yellow flower’. Submit Pictures to Meteorite Pictures of the Day

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Zhamanshin Exploration

Zhamanshin Exploration

by Roman Davidov (revisited from the June 2003 issue of Meteorite Times) Zhamanshin. This word translated from Kazakh language like “bad soil” or “land without anything growing on it”. Firstly, peculiarity of this place noticed in 1936 by V.Vahrameev and later in 1941 by A.Yanshin. This two scientists noticed the presence of Paleozoic rocks among […]

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