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Tom Strutton

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  1. When I joined this forum, I had hoped to make contact with other meteorite enthusiasts with whom I could exchange information, resources, and perhaps a stone or two. I did not anticipate the schoolyard bullying and adolescent drivel that this post, for one, has degenerated to. It is a public forum and if you don't want to hear what a member has to say, just keep scrolling! If on the other hand, you prefer poking the dog with a stick because it amuses you to do so, you need counseling and I need to look elsewhere for intelligent life. I'm out of here.
  2. I happened to be standing on our front porch last Thursday (Oct 4) at 6:32 PM, when a very bright meteor streaked over the town of Tucson, headed west on a rather flat trajectory. There's a fresh meteorite out there somewhere folks!
  3. 1. https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/04/us/meteorite-doorstop-michigan-trnd/index.html 2. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/family-discovers-doorstop-4-billion-old-meteorite-143746674.html 3. http://dailybruin.com/2016/06/27/couple-loans-unexpected-find-to-ucla-meteorite-gallery/ 4. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/meteorite-doorstop-excites-western-canadian-scientists-1.631938 Maybe I should post an ad: "IRON DOORSTOPS WANTED."
  4. Synthetic meteorites...? What will happen if the friggin' Chinese get their hands on this technology? The market will be flooded with bogus irons! https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1945-5100.1948.tb00038.x
  5. A slight tangent from the thread, but since some of these artifacts are knapped from Libyan Desert Glass (and exhibit conchoidal fractures), I'm gonna go with it. http://ancientpoint.com/category/29-antiques_antiquities_neolithic__paleolithic_/page_13.html
  6. Congrats. You make finding meteorites look easy.
  7. Nice! What are the two much smaller features in the upper right portion of the pic? The closest of the two looks like a much smaller crater in a couple pics I've seen.
  8. I have some nice Gibeon fragments that need a new home. The angular shapes are all natural. They total 31 grams and I'm asking $100 for the lot.
  9. Welcome DT13 and good hunting. https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=New+Mexico&sfor=places&stype=exact&lrec=50&country=United+States&srt=
  10. There is a moon rock (not meteorite) on display at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. I'm sorry to say some genius decided to entomb the little bugger in acrylic which is a detraction for me but it's still pretty cool.
  11. You all do understand that it would be 1 free beer and 10 or 12 straws, right...?
  12. I have met Twink through the Club and she is a nice lady. I acquired a nice little Vaca Muerta section from her not long ago. I like mesos.
  13. There is some resemblance to the NWA 869 in this pic. Here are a "few" more pics. https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?code=31890
  14. Anytime it becomes worth the trouble to set up a sting, microchips could be inserted into NWAs like they do it with protected cacti.
  15. If you did that, I wouldn't count on selling too many legit stones from then on. The Met community is pretty small and word spreads. It might not matter to many hunters that yours was a social experiment.
  16. Hi Kyle Yours is the only semi-local response so far. Unless a few others express interest it would be a pretty small rendezvous. Maybe if we advertised free beer... LOL
  17. Some good news... https://www.space.com/41710-bendego-meteorite-survives-brazil-museum-fire.html
  18. Hi Rocky. I'm still trying to see some aspect of your find that does NOT look like an ordinary chondrite (Don't ya hate that word "ordinary"?) and if Alan Rubin, adjunct professor at the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences - UCLA, thinks it looks legit, I'd go with his assessment. One thing is indisputable, if there is such a thing on this forum LOL. It's a fragment of a larger stone. The curved surface suggests a complete stone of at least 2 or 3 times that volume so I hope you can remember where you found it. I'll look forward to hearing the results from a professional examination. In the mean time, this might come in handy...
  19. I don't know what part of Michigan you live in but there is a 5 mile diameter impact crater in Calvin, Michigan. It's about 450 million years old and lies about 100 to 400 feet below ground. I wondered if your stone might be impact melt from that fall but I couldn't find any reference to such material being recovered.
  20. I do get annoyed at absolute statements; If it doesn't attract a magnet, it's not a meteorite... If it doesn't have a fusion crust, it's not a meteorite... If it has vesicles, it's not a meteorite... If etching doesn't reveal Widmanst├Ątten patterns, it's not a meteorite... The list goes on and most, if not all, of those absolutes have exceptions. I wonder how many times I have stubbed my toe on one of those exceptions and kept on walking because it didn't fit any of the more common profiles.
  21. It may be an artifact but I would test it for nickel content anyway. If it tests a significant amount of Ni., I would then compare it to pics of hexahedrites. They sometimes exhibit parallel Neumann lines which are shock-induced by impact events. It would follow that if the parent body was impacted hard enough, it could cleave along parallel lines resulting in parallel surfaces. It's hard to tell from your pics if your stone has a distinct crystalline structure but here is a slice of the Carver hexahedrite. Any resemblance?
  22. So... do you guys here in the Tucson area ever meet up to sell or trade meteorites, tektites, etc.? I miss the club sponsored shows I attended in San Diego County.
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