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May, 2017

Meteorites, Me, and the Newspaper

Meteorites, Me, and the Newspaper

Last month, I had the very great pleasure of spending time with a couple of reporters from our local newspaper. We¬†first crossed paths back in March at a fossil and mineral show in town, and mentioned that meteorites were my game. Several months later, I got an email out of the blue that the reporters […]

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The Moon In My Hand

The Moon In My Hand

Over the course of my life, I have cut thousands of rocks on diamond saws. Most of the rocks the last twenty years have been meteorites. But until yesterday I had never cut a lunar meteorite. There has been a significant amount of meteorite from The Moon recovered recently, Paul and I decided that we […]

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The 2017 Veterans Meteorite Hunt

The 2017 Veterans Meteorite Hunt

On the last weekend of April 2017, a small group of U.S. military veterans gathered in the Mojave Desert near Pahrump Nevada to take part in a “group meteorite hunt”. This was an open-invitation to all veterans, whether they had any experience at searching for meteorites, or not. The purpose of this gathering was to […]

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NWA 2824 Diogenite

NWA 2824 Diogenite

Ted Bunch and other researchers have described many shock induced features in this odd diogenite. We found some to photograph in a few thin sections, all viewed in cross-polarized light. Brecciation is a common result of shock. The clasts in this polymict breccia have a variety of textures. Mechanical twinning, also called shock twinning, is […]

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An odd class of tektites that formed inside bubble chambers

An odd class of tektites that formed inside bubble chambers

When it is time for a new edition, I search through our collection and inventory looking for a stone or group of similar stones with a good story to tell. Over our years of sorting through crates of tektites till our fingers were raw, we have always selected out the unusual or unique or interesting […]

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Mifflin Meteorite

Mifflin Meteorite

Our Meteorite of the Month is kindly provided by Tucson Meteorites who hosts The Meteorite Picture of the Day.

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