by Robert Verish


"Print-only Presentations" will not be accepted for next years Meteoritical Society Annual Meeting at Munster, Germany.

"Print-only Presentations" are actually abstracts. Typically, an abstract is a short summary of a much larger paper, or body of work. Presentations at Meteoritical Society Annual Meetings are divided into either "Oral" or "Poster Sessions". Each presentation has an abstract. Presenters write abstracts for their presentations and submit them for approval and inclusion to the Annual Meeting. There WAS a third catagory - "Print-only Presentations". This is the term the Meteoritical Society uses for abstracts are not accompanied by either an "Oral" or "Poster Presentation". Starting next year, "Print-only Presentations" will not be accepted for Meteoritical Society Annual Meetings.

All of the abstracts for Oral, and Poster, as well as Print-only Presentations are eventually published in what is called the "Supplement" volume to the "Meteoritics & Planetary Sciences" (MAPS) journal. This is the same Volume that the Meteoritical Bulletin is published. Along with the Print-only abstracts, it is very likely that the Met. Bulletin will no longer appear in this MAPS "Supplement" volume.

Over the years, Print-only abstracts have served various purposes. The 27 Print-only abstracts that were accepted for this years publication were no exception. The abstracts relating to meteorite-recovery will be the ones that I will miss the most. With the uncertain status of where the Meteoritical Bulletin will be published next year, the paucity of venues for publishing meteorite-recovery information will become even more apparent. Most likely, a new journal will come into existence that will "give a home" to the Meteoritical Bulletin. Hopefully, this could become the venue where meteorite-recovery related articles (and former "Print-only" abstracts) can be published. This kind of information would then have the means to be referenced in the "Catalogue of Meteorites".

But in the meanwhile, I will make available space in my future Bob's Findings articles for anyone who has a need to publish a Print-only type of abstract relating to meteorite-recovery, or Southwest U.S.A. meteorites in general.

Post Script:
The major criticism directed towards Print-only abstracts was that they were not peer-reviewed. This is not entirely warrented. For example, below is an abstract that I submitted for approval to be included in the last Print-only Session. It WAS reviewed, and REJECTED, for the reason that it refers to a meteorite re-classification that had not yet been approved by the Nomenclature Committee. Judge for yourself:


R. S. Verish[1], [1]Meteorite Recovery Foundation, P.O. Box 237, Sunland, CA 91040.

Introduction: This paper reports on a recent characterization of the Ridgecrest meteorite by researchers at UCLA. This stone is now reclassified as "Ordinary chondrite (H5)". This paper proposes that the following revisions to the Catalogue of Meteorites should be posted in the Meteoritical Bulletin:

Ridgecrest, new classification - - - - - - 35 35'N, 117 34'W
San Bernardino County, California, USA
Found 1958, May 24
Ordinary chondrite (H5)
(1 stone, 9.7 grams)

Dr. Ed Krupp graciously supplied the stone in the Griffith Observatory Collection, and a 0.3g sample was cut by Verish for analysis. It has been characterized by A. Rubin (UCLA).

Ridgecrest: class, H5; shock stage, S2; weathering grade, W2; olivine, Fa18.60.2%.

Recovery Information: It should be noted that the Cuddeback Dry Lake 005 (H5 S2 W4 Fa18.70.6%) and CuDL 009 (H5 S2 W5 Fa18.60.2%), both characterized by A. Rubin (UCLA), have find localities that are within 20 miles of the Ridgecrest (H5) find location.
Neither meteorite can be paired with certainty to any other find from this region.
Clearly, the reference to F.C. Leonard's paper in Meteoritics 1963 (pairing Ridgecrest to the Muroc and Muroc Dry Lake L-chondrites) should be deleted from the Catalogue of Meteorites [1].
Also, the documented find location has been confirmed through conversations with the finder (personal communications, with L.E. Humiston, 2002). The finder recovered this meteorite while hiking in open desert on the northwest sloping pediment of the Spangler Hills. The find, a small black, teardrop-shaped stone, was easily spotted because it contrasted against the lighter-colored surface of decomposed granodiorite. This location is just east of the county line in San Bernardino County. The finder still has in his possession the original correspondence (1958) in which F. C. Leonard conjectured that the find location might be, instead, "Kern County". This assumption became the documented find location in Meteoritics, 1963, vol2, p. 52 [2]. For the next 22 years, the literature would erroneously refer to the Ridgecrest find location as "Kern County". The actual find location coordinates were properly recorded in 1980 by J.T. Wasson. The coordinates in the Catalogue of Meteorites are correct, per the referenced document, "J.T. Wasson, letter of 15 April, 1980, in Min. Dept., NHM, London".

Conclusion: The new characterization of the Ridgecrest meteorite by Alan Rubin (UCLA) should be incorporated in the Catalogue of Meteorites, and these proposed revisions should be posted in the Meteoritical Bulletin as "Ridgecrest, new classification".

References: [1] Humiston L. E. (1963) Meteoritics, 2, 50-51. [2] Leonard F. C. (1963) Meteoritics, 2, 52-53.


This Image Gallery is intended to show a typical Poster Session. It depicts a representative few of the 83 posters that were presented at the 65th Annual Meeeting of the Meteoritical Society, which was held from July 21 through July 26, 2002, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Although the Session was held on Monday, July 22nd, the posters remained on display all week long in the DeNeve Plaza Foyer and adjacent hallways.

The above three images were taken in the UCLA-Deneve Plaza foyer and adjacent hallways.

Above is a multi-media center that accompanied the poster for RADAR IMAGES OF ASTEROID 38071 (1999 GU3).

[Same Poster] Above image depicts L. Brenner(?) describing a video of Goldstone Radar imaging to Allan Treiman and (to his right) Clark Chapman.

Interesting architecture. Area under stairwell affords space for a dozen posters and a view down to the cafeteria...... as well as .....

... the best view out onto DeNeve Plaza.

This poster about impact spherules offered 3-D glasses to view the "anaglyph" photos.


The above poster was about Barringer Crater area sinkholes!

Payson, Arizona's Marvin Kilgore found someone to show his.....





Above is an image of a poster describing impact melt pockets in LA 001.

At night in the open air on the plaza in front of Royce Hall - the Thursday night Banquet. This is just one of the three dessert tables!

Banquet - Royce Plaza water fountain.

The dance floor was crowded and the band played Disco Music into the late night (at least until University regulations forced them to break up the dance party). Never saw so many meteoriticists doing the Disco Shuffle.

Not everyone got to party late. Some people still had presentations to give in the morning. I had a doctors appointment so I missed the next days lectures and Farewell Reception, so I haven't heard the response to the NWA 998 orthopyroxene-bearing nakhlite presentation, yet. But here is the NWA 998 abstract!

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