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Featured Monthly Articles Accretion Desk by Martin Horejsi Jim’s Fragments by Jim Tobin Meteorite Market Trends by Michael Blood Bob’s Findings by Robert Verish IMCA Insights by The IMCA Team Micro Visions by John Kashuba Galactic Lore by Mike Gilmer Meteorite Calendar by Anne Black Meteorite of the Month by Michael Johnson Tektite of the Month by Editor

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Meteorite-Times Magazine Witnessed Fall: Castalia, North Carolina, USA by Martin Horejsi Like

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A May 1874 Witnessed Fall: Castalia, North Carolina, USA

Geologic Poetry from Space: Drink from the fountain of Castilia and be inspired to write meteorite verse.

Cast alia f ell t o eart h on May 14, 1874. T hree pieces were collect ed t ot aling about 7.3kg wit h a majorit y of t he mat erial in one 5.5 kg individual. Being a xenolit hic and brecciat ed H5 chondrit e simply means Cast alia is beaut if ul. But more specif ically, it means t hat t he mix of broken f ragment s cement ed t oget her (brecciat ed) cont ains mat erial not f rom t he original mass (xenolit hic). But even more specif ically, Cast alia, in Greek myt hology, was,


according t o Wikipedia: “a nymph whom Apollo t ransf ormed int o a f ount ain at Delphi, at t he base of Mount Parnassos. Castalia could inspire the genius of poetry t o t hose who drank her wat ers or list ened t o t heir quiet sound.” So drink t he beaut if ul wat ers of Cast alia, and enjoy some met eorit e poet ry. A Meteorite Speaks - likely by H. H. Nininger A hieroglyphic message is writ t en on my f ace Recording ancient happenings f ar in t he dept hs of space. It t ells of my beginnings where f iercest f ires held sway, My leap int o et hereal space and how I sped away. A diary of my wanderings, lonely ‘mongst t he st ars, A t housand of such incident s as Jupit er and Mars. I’ve wat ched a host of planet s grow f rom out t he spat ial voids; Wit nessed lunar pelt ings and played t ag wit h ast eroids. I held my course t hrough solar heat , likewise t hrough f rigid space. I wooed t he lovely Pleiades and gave Orion chase. I know severest loneliness f rom all celest ial f orms; Likewise t he social gaiet y of comet ary swarms. Freely t hrough et hereal space I loved my course t o st eer, But t rapped at last f ell vict im t o eart h’s dread at mosphere. In arid wast es I landed, t hen, smot e by desert sand My skin deep brown was varnished by oxygenic hand.


T he Meteorite by C. S. Lewis Among t he hills a met eorit e Lies huge; and moss has overgrown, And wind and rain wit h t ouches light Made sof t , t he cont ours of t he st one. T hus easily can Eart h digest A cinder of sidereal f ire, And make her t ranslunary guest T he nat ive of an English shire. Nor is it st range t hese wanderers Find in her lap t heir f it t ing place, For every part icle t hat ’s hers Came at t he f irst f rom out er space. All t hat is Eart h has once been sky; Down f rom t he sun of old she came, Or f rom some st ar t hat t raveled by Too close t o his ent angling f lame. Hence, if belat ed drops yet f all From heaven, on t hese her plast ic power St ill works as once it worked on all T he glad rush of t he golden shower.


T his wonderf ul slice of Nort h Carolina hist ory spent t ime up nort h in t he f amous collect ion of Phil Scalisi. Not hing but good comes f rom t he Scalisi collect ion, and I view t he specimen labels and cards t hat accompany our precious met eorit es


t hrough t ime as simply nouns leading t o more verbs and adject ives t o work wit h.

Meteorite Dealers Amy Trussell 2007 ht t p://www.lulu.com/product /paperback/met eorit e-dealers/2067816 Page 42 of t he document linked t o below holds t he poem “Met eorit e Dealers.” ht t p://www.moriapoet ry.com/t russellebook.pdf a brief excerpt : “Here t he met eorit e dealers scavenge and close in on rocks re-warmed by sun, squat t ing wit h f ig leaf bandannas. You can examine one wit h a magnif ying glass: it looks like a piece of placent a uneart hed in a st orm, pet rif ied.”


For me, met eorit es are an expression of art as well as science. It is not unusual in science t o st ruggle over t he hard t rut hs of a specimen, but I would argue t hat it is just as import ant t o challenge our grammar and vocabulary skills in t he quest t o underst and t he language of met eorit es. And what bet t er place t o st art t hen wit h t he expert s. T he Poet s. Unt il next t ime‌. T he Accretion Desk welcomes all comments and f eedback. accretiondesk@gmail.com Please Share and Enjoy:


Meteorite-Times Magazine Wild Geese and a Buzzard by Jim Tobin Like

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Over t he years my wild goose chases f or met eorit es can be count ed on one hand. I just don’t seem t o get a lot of t he calls about grandpa’s met eorit e t hat f ell on t he hill just over t here. But , I got home f rom an early morning meet ing one Sat urday recent ly as t he phone rang. It was a prof essor in t he Physics and Ast ronomy depart ment at t he universit y who my wif e worked wit h. Over t he years we have been t o dinners and ret irement part ies and of t en t alked of met eorit es. He and his wif e have a wonderf ul ant ique st ore in t he quaint old t own area of Monrovia in Sout hern Calif ornia. A man had come int o t heir st ore wit h “met eorit es” he want ed t o sell. My wif e t ook t he call and was surprised t o hear Dr. Taylor’s voice. And even more surprised when he asked if I would be int erest ed in buying met eorit es f rom a man who was in t he st ore. She gave t he phone t o me and I asked f or a descript ion of t he rocks. And t hey did not sound like met eorit es. T hey were black but not at t ract ed t o a magnet at all. My mind jumped t o t he f erro-manganese st uf f t hat our desert is f ull of now. We t alked a minut e and I gave t he basic simple t est s f or him t o t ry and he said “I don’t t hink t hey could be met eorit es.” Dr. Taylor said t he man had some bigger ones in t he car and went t o look at t hose also. He ret urned t o t he phone and said t hat t he magnet st ruck t o t hose and t hey looked dif f erent f rom t he ot hers. I asked if t he man would wait because it would t ake us a while t o get t here. T he man said he would wait . In a f ew minut es Sara and I were of f on our met eorit e advent ure. It was about 40 miles t o t he ant ique st ore f rom our home. We had been t here bef ore t o shop and I knew t he way well. Act ually, Sara loves t he st ore very much and enjoys going when ever we can. I had gabbed my diamond f ile, magnet , loupe and 500 gram elect ronic scale and put t hem int o a plast ic bag. I was ready t o make my on t he spot analysis. We arrived and af t er a short int roduct ory moment headed t o a t able in t he back of t he st ore t o examine t he “met eorit es”. T here were t hree large rocks on t he t able and a cardboard box lid covered wit h smaller dif f erent st ones. Well, t he t hree rocks on t he t able were each a dif f erent t ype of met eor-wrong. One was a big piece of f urnace slag t hat was rust ed brown and t he magnet slammed on t o it st rongly. One of t he ot her t wo was also slag but black and was bubbly on t he one broken surf ace. T he out side of it was act ually quit e reminiscent of a met eorit e. Unf ort unat ely, it was also f urnace slag and not very magnet ically act ive. T he last of t he t hree large st ones was a basalt cobble of considerable size. My rare eart h magnet barely pulled t o it . I have dug up plent y as hot rocks at st rewn f ields whose names are know by most of t he reader of t his art icle. I t old t he man what t hey were and t hat none of t he t hree large ones were met eorit es. I moved my at t ent ion t o t he rocks in t he box lid. T hese were all small. T hey were a dense black t he perf ect color of f resh f usion crust f rom a f all t hat happened yest erday. T hey were t he correct size and shaped similar t o many met eorit es in my collect ion. But , t here is no Eureka moment in t his st ory. T hey were pieces of t he f erro-manganese slag t hat has been scat t ered over our desert . Exact ly how it has got t en t o all t he places it is f ound is kind of a myst ery. It seems likely t hat it is mat erial produced in vast amount s during t he t ime t he iron works of Kaiser St eel were in operat ion at Font ana, Calif ornia. I remember as a kid seeing t hose enormous slag heaps. But , t his st uf f is f ound spread widely across t he Sout hern Calif ornia area. I t old him once again t hat he had no met eorit es and he t ook it pret t y well. Since we were t here we looked around t he st ore and of course f ound a couple t hings we could not live wit hout . I have been present ed wit h a piece of t hat slag every t ime I have spoken t o a group on met eorit es f or t he last t en years. Everyone has one and believes it s a met eorit e. But , if you remove t he surf ace black you will see a shiny met allic mat erial t hat is just a lit t le t oo silvery looking t o be iron. But , it is not ef f ect ed by a magnet very much. It ’s t ricky st uf f . It also seems t o t arnish back t o


black over t ime. Well, I guess t he real news t his mont h has been t he spect acular f ireball and met eorit e f all in Wisconsin. T he pieces are being f ound but it seems t hat t hey are being recovered at a slower rat e t hen some ot her recent f alls. I expect t hat met eorit es will be f ound in t he area f or a long t ime. I looked at t he various videos and I t hink t here are some big pieces out t here wait ing t o be recovered. But , it is a vast st rewn f ield. It would t ake a diligent hunt er a lif et ime by himself t o hunt it all. Guess it is good t hat t here’s a small army of eager met eorit e hunt ers. Just a f ew more years will f ind me ret ired and maybe I will join t hem at f ut ure f alls. I have had a box of nice chunks of Alamo Breccia sit t ing around f or several years. I st art ed cut t ing more of it up t his mont h. I love t he st uf f . Was inspired t o work wit h it again since seeing Geof f and St eve back at t he locat ion on Met eorit e Men. It was Geof f ’s ent husiasm f or t he impact sit e t hat led Paul and I t o t ake vacat ion t here years ago. T he mat erial cut s easy and polishes up beaut if ul. Makes me wish my saws and laps were a lot bigger. I have some big pieces and have never f igured out how t o make use of t hem whole.


T hey would f it in t he big vibrat ing lap but I would need t o make a cut t hrough t he middle of t hem. I will give it more t ime and t hought , but soon I t hink I will make some really st riking display pieces of Alamo Breccia. Might just have t o get a bigger saw. Like so many ot her collect ors my collect ion now has a Buzzard Coulee individual. I received it t oday, but I picked it out in Tucson. It came wit h it s export permit and I am just as happy as can be. I select ed a small complet ely crust ed st one t hat was orient ed. It has one side t hat is shield shaped, t here is a lit t le build up wit h f low lines around t he circumf erence. It is quit e a cut e lit t le st one well wort h t he wait .


I suppose at some point I will get one of t he st ones f rom t he Wisconsin f all. But , I t hink I will let it all set t le out a bit bef ore I buy. It does look t o be an int erest ing met eorit e. I am enjoying reading all t he st ories coming out of t he st rewn f ield. Well, it s t ime t o sign of f and get t he Buzzard Coulee under t he microscope f or more examinat ion. Have a great mont h. Please Share and Enjoy:


Meteorite-Times Magazine Meteorite Market Trends by Michael Blood Like

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Meteorite-Times Magazine Recovery of Meteorites from the 4/14/2010 Fall in Wisconsin by Robert Verish Like

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What Made the Recovery of Meteorites f rom the 4 /14 /2010 Fall in Wisconsin such a Rapid and T imely Success? T he quality of Doppler-radar weather images f rom NOAA is the main reason. T here has been much writ t en about t he April 14t h f ireball and f all of met eorit es in Grant and Iowa Count y in Wisconsin. [As of t he publishing of t his art icle, t here st ill has not been a f ormallyapproved name assigned t o t his met eorit e] And t here is lit t le t hat I can add t o t his subject , at least , unt il I pay a visit t o t his st rewn f ield. But t he subject is st ill very t imely, and if a cont ribut ion could be made t hat would assist in t he recovery of met eorit es f rom t hat f all, t hen “now” would be an appropriat e t ime t o publish t hat kind of inf ormat ion. So, t hat is why in lieu of my regular art icle in t his mont h’s edit ion of Bob’s Findings, I’ve dedicat ed t his space t o Rob Mat son and his images of doppler-radar f rom t he NOAA Nat ional Weat her Service (NWS). Rob had post ed a message t o t he Met eorit e-List , seeking a phot o reposit ory in which his images could be archived and so t hat his dat a could be shared. Alt hough Rob received many immediat e replies, it was my of f er of t his mont h’s edit ion of Bob’s Findings (wit h t he port al t hrough Met eorit e-Times. Com) t hat made it a sensible choice . T he dat a in t he images could use a lit t le explanat ion in order f or t hem t o be ut ilized properly, but let ’s t ake a look at t hem, now:

May 2010 – Here are links to Rob Matson’s images of the NOAA-NWS NEXRAD Doppler-radar reflections of the Wisconsin meteorite fall of April 14th, 2010:

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:06:22 UT f rom LaCrosse

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:08:29 UT f rom Davenport

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:08:37 UT f rom LaCrosse


Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:08:52 UT f rom LaCrosse

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:09:07 UT f rom LaCrosse

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:09:22 UT f rom LaCrosse

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:10:36 UT f rom Milwaukee

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:11:06 UT f rom LaCrosse

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:11:21 UT f rom LaCrosse

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:11:26 UT f rom LaCrosse

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:11:51 UT f rom LaCrosse


Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:11:59 UT f rom Milwaukee

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:12:06 UT f rom LaCrosse

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:12:21 UT f rom LaCrosse

Rob Mat son’s NEXRAD Doppler images of 4/15/2010 03:12:38 UT f rom Davenport Here are some comment s f rom Rob Mat son regarding his images: "These files will require some explanation for people unfamiliar with Doppler radar to interpret correctly. The fast scan direction for Doppler is in azimuth (clockwise). The slow scan direction is in elevation, from lowest elevation angle to highest. So each full volume scan consists of 5 or more full sweeps in azimuth, with one (and sometimes two) sweeps at each elevation angle. "There were three radars that "detected" the Wisconsin fall: La Crosse, WI; Milwaukee, WI; and Davenport, IA. The Milwaukee and Davenport radars each detected the dust/smoke trail in two scans. However, the La Crosse radar was operating in an unusual mode at the time of the fall, generating a full volume scan in about 4 minutes 15 seconds, consisting of 17 (!) individual elevation angle slices, one every 15 seconds. As a result of this fast scan rate, La Crosse captured 11 separate images of the fall: completely unprecedented in all of the US and southern Canadian falls detected by NEXRAD in the last 15 years. "Listed above are fifteen images in time sequence, where the filename indicates both the radar that generated the image, and the time (GMT) of the particular elevation angle scan when it passed over the bolide cloud location. Note that there is a time recorded in the third line of the column of data to the right of the radar image, but that this time corresponds to the *start* of a full volume scan -- not the time of the particular elevation angle slice displayed." And Rob Mat son adds, “Enjoy t he images! I hope you f ind t hem usef ul.” So, in answer t o t his art icle’s subject t it le quest ion, “How were t hey able t o f ind t he met eorit es so


soon af t er t he f all?” I f eel t hat it was t he high-qualit y of t he NWS Doppler-radar wit h it s very dist inct ive t race of t he f ireball (which was readily available t o t he general public) t hat was t he impet us t o get t ing t he met eorit e hunt ers so quickly int o t he [st rewn] f ield. Ref erences: Discover Magazine: Huge f ireball over Wisconsin! | Bad Ast ronomy | – Apr 14, 2010 … Rob Mat son Says: April 16t h, 2010 at 12:25 am … T he st ory doesn’t say where t he f ind was made, but my educat ed guess (based on Doppler radar imagery) is t hat it was recovered … Shawn Alan: Met eorit e Fall Wisconsin – in Met eorit esRock.com T he int erest ing f act s, video news report s, newspaper et c. Bob’s Findings: February 2009 Art icle – in Met eorit e-Times.Com “What Made t he Recovery of Met eorit es at West , T X such a Success?” – Comparison of some recent bolide event s. NEXRAD: Next -Generat ion Radar – in Wikipedia is a net work of 159 high-resolut ion Doppler weat her radars operat ed by t he Nat ional Weat her Service, an agency of t he Nat ional Oceanic and At mospheric Administ rat ion (NOAA) wit hin t he Unit ed St at es Depart ment of Commerce. FBWG: Fireball Working Group – T he purpose of t his group is t o exchange dat a regarding f ireball event s and t o provide a venue f or expert s and novices t o assist f ield invest igat ors in collect ing and analyzing report s f rom what ever t radit ional or non-t radit ional sources t here maybe. My previous art icles can be f ound *HERE* For f or more inf ormat ion, please cont act me by email: Bolide*chaser Please Share and Enjoy:


Meteorite-Times Magazine IMCA Insights – May 2010 by IMCA TEAM Like

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T he Cartersville Meteorite by Dave Gheesling

At about 11:00 p.m local t ime on March 1, 2009, a met eorit e was heard when crashing t hrough t he roof of a house in Bart ow Count y, Georgia. An ext ensive search of t he surrounding area has been conduct ed by t he aut hor and several ot hers, but no addit ional st ones have been f ound, most likely because t he t errain does not present f avorable recovery condit ions.

T he 294 gram Cart ersville met eorit e (Phot o court esy of Dave Gheesling) Impact art if act s remain on t he met eorit e’s surf ace, including roof ing mat erial, wood f ibers f rom impact wit h t he raf t er, gypsum f rom passage t hrough t he ceiling and paint f rom a glancing blow wit h an int erior door. Arrangement s are current ly being made t o classif y t he st one, which is an ordinary chondrit e originat ing f rom eit her t he L or LL parent body.


Reverse angle image of t he Cart ersville met eorit e (Pict ure court esy of Dave Gheesling)

T he aut hor in t he at t ic of t he impact ed home, wit h hole in t he roof underlayment visible in t he background (Pict ure court esy of Dave Gheesling)

A met iculous search f or t he missing f ragment was also conduct ed inside t he at t ic and house, but not hing was f ound as it was almost cert ainly an air break.


Tellus Museum curat or Julian Gray on t he roof , indicat ing t he posit ion of t he met eorit e's ent ry int o t he house. A t emporary pat ch had been applied beneat h t he hole by t he landowner at t he t ime t he phot o was t aken. (Phot o court esy of Dave Gheesling)


Robert Ward, who part icipat ed in t he ext ensive ground search, at t he scene of t errest rial impact . (Phot o court esy of Dave Gheesling)

Julian Gray, working in t he at t ic wit h t he aut hor t o det ermine t he ent ry angle and f light azimut h of t he met eorit e. (Phot o court esy of Dave Gheesling)


Julian Gray, t he aut hor and Tellus Museum execut ive direct or Jose Sant amaria wit h t he Cart ersville met eorit e and impact art if act s at t he public announcement press conf erence. (Phot o court esy of Dave Gheesling)

T he Cart ersville met eorit e on display at Tellus Museum, a spect acular, 120,000 square f oot science museum t hat is


also in Bart ow Count y, Georgia. (Phot o court esy of Dave Gheesling)

T he aut hor wit h t he Cart ersville met eorit e, moment s af t er having conf irmed it s met eoric origin f or Tellus Museum -making it Georgia's 25t h recognized met eorit e. (Phot o court esy of Dave Gheesling)

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Meteorite-Times Magazine Saratov L4 by John Kashuba Like

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Chuck, While you’re saving up money f or t hat d’Orbigny angrit e t hin sect ion you’ve been want ing I suggest you buy a chondrit e T S or t wo, just t o st ay on your game. T hey don’t have t o break t he bank. One I’d suggest is Sarat ov if you can f ind one. T he cost is usually reasonable and it always seems t o have a good variet y of f eat ures. It ’s an L4 so t he chondrules are large and t here’s a payof f even wit h lower magnif icat ion. I picked t his one up f or less t han $50. T he sample doesn’t have t he high polish t hat I like – t he mineral grains show a bit of a ground glass t ext ure – but t here’s st ill plent y t o see.

Two large blue euhedral olivine cryst als in a one millimet er chondrule. T he upper one appears hollow.


A one and a half millimet er porphyrit ic olivine chondrule wit h a dust rim. Here, also, many of t he phenocryst s present well f ormed cryst al f aces.

Large, most ly pyroxene chondrule.


Cont rast . A PO chondrule and a radial pyroxene chondrule – somet imes called an exocent ric chondrule.


A variet y of f eat ures hint at processes at work over t ime. By t he way, we can’t t ell t he f ull size of chondrules f rom just his one slide. T hese ARE just sect ions. If you have a t wo inch egg (or chondrule) and t ake a slice t hrough t he very end you will have just a t iny circle.


Part of a large complex chondrule at t he edge of t he sample shown wit h t he polarizing f ilt ers in dif f erent posit ions. It highlight s t he f act t hat t he orange f eat ures in t he f irst pict ure are one relat ed st ruct ure, a barred olivine chondrule, because t hey all go t o ext inct ion t oget her.


In t he cent er is a granular olivine chondrule wit h charact erist ic blebs of opaque mat erial.


Up close it looks like it might have been hit f rom t he lower lef t and shat t ered in place.

Closer yet . A cool view, I t hink. - John


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Meteorite-Times Magazine Greg Hupe Finds Second Wisconsin Meteorite by Michael Johnson Like

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Hour af t er hour, mile af t er mile, af t er nine days of hunt ing in bet ween f inds‌ Greg Hupe f inds his second Wisconsin met eorit e on May 4, 2010. T his one weighs 30.3 grams.


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