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About steelguy

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    Woodcliff Lake, NJ
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    working with my mind & hands, making art, fly fishing, animals & people

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  1. Dr. Gross has had a busy schedule, so the etching is now scheduled for this coming Friday, July 26. I have never seen the process so I hope to take photos and maybe a video. Hopefully my next post will be Friday night!
  2. I am always in a kayak in Alaska and always wear a PFD, the self inflating type. That is a very scary story and I am glad to read he survived and is doing well.
  3. Just an update. The acid etching is scheduled to happen on either July 22 or 23.
  4. I am waiting to read what the experts say! Outside surface is interesting to my uneducated eye. thanks for posting
  5. I thought exactly the same thing and asked. The machine lab super explained the auto feed would not feel resistance when super hard sections were being cut and would snap the blade. When he hit those hard areas, the progress was at a standstill, then all of a sudden the blade would begin slowly moving forward. And, you could hear the difference in the machine sound. What he did say would be the best, and very fast alternative would be a water jet cutter type machine, but with ZERO budget for the shop and costing $130,000, that was not expected to happen any time soon.
  6. here is a photo of the first, small section removed. With me know nothing, Dr. Gross pointed out the minute fissure cracks to me. She explained they were caused by the initial heating of the meteorite and then rapid cooling. She also mentioned quite a bit more which went way above my head! The shop also collected the small metal shavings with a magnet, put them in a ziplock and gave them to me.
  7. Today my friend and I went down to Rutgers University and met with Dr. Gross and hauled the meteorite over to their machine shop where the cutting was to take place. The cutting was done with a bi-metal blade on a very large vertical bandsaw. The shop technician Bill was totally steady with his painstakingly slow and precise efforts which resulted in 2 nice flat sections. That process took 1-1/4 hours and I don't know how his arms did not cramp! Dr. Gross supervised the process and was very happy with the results. Sanding on the 2 slices and the matching cuts on the meteorite will happen next week (June 10) and the acid etching and mineral analysis will happen the following week. I plan on going down again for that part of it.
  8. Well, it has been awhile, but the date for slicing at Rutgers University's meteorite department machine lab is set for June 3. Upon initial observation, the PHD immediately and definitely identified the rock as a meteorite. It was explained to me that a small section, about the size of a thumb would be sliced for analysis. A second large piece would also be sliced and then half into 2 pieces and forwarded to the Meteorological Society for their review, hopeful naming/numbering and archiving, the second piece of which would be made available for second party research. Actual analysis will be an additional couple of months from now. This is all mind-blowing to me! I know nothing of meteorites and to think something that weighs 70+ pounds could fall out of space and landed on our planet-------insane!! And to be 400 million years old!
  9. I know so little about identifying, so I will be interested to read feedback on this.
  10. Good for you and good luck with the boat and all that you will do with it! Years ago I had a Glastron Tri Hull that looked a lot that yours. Use to take it fishing each week on the Hudson River and always had tons of fun.
  11. I know from nothing about gold panning and nugget hunting, but I could read Bob's stories all day long! Why has he not written a book?!
  12. So here is the update: I met with Dr. Gross this afternoon and she immediately confirmed that it was in fact a meteorite and a very large one at that! Testing will begin in approximately 3 weeks and she said that I would be welcome to watch the lab process. She said she believed the small 1/8" was most likely drilled for testing purposes and not naturally formed during entry. A small 20 gram sample will be taken for the Rutger's analysis and a second much larger slice, about 2" or so will be removed and eventually sent to The Meteorological Society along with the Rutger's analysis for their purpose of review and hopefully acceptance. This larger piece will be halved, with one section staying with MS for their archive and the other half being made available for outside scientific study. If this all goes well, the meteorite will then be named and numbered. I requested and Dr. Gross has agreed to polish and treat with the acid solution the large cut surface on the meteorite in order to show the Widmanstatten pattern, which I can't wait to see!
  13. Just an update, I have a meeting with Rutgers on Thursday afternoon for the initial review. If that proves positive, the next option for me is to proceed an analysis, the extent of which varies by degree of identification and takes some time. This part of it begins costing money, but my understanding is that with proper authentication, the Meteoritical Society approves all new meteorite names and classifications and records them in the Meteoritical Bulletin, all of which adds value to the meteorite.
  14. Thanks for the advice and education with the term "pairing".
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