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Meteorite-Times Magazine Witnessed Fall: Pirgunje, Bangladesh by Martin Horejsi Like

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An August 1882 Witnessed Fall: Pirgunje, Bangladesh

No Next of Kin Pirgunje and its Anticedents

Falling 128 years ago t his mont h, t he L6 chondrit e Pirgunje reminds, us, well me anyway, why met eorit es are covet ed in collect ions. Even t hought t he crust and mat rix of Pirgunje is similar t o many ot her chondrit es, f act s including t he age of t his f all, it s sub-kilo T KW, it s low collect ion dist ribut ion, t he large size of t his slice, t he abundance of crust , and t hat a vast majorit y of t he single Pirgunje st one is st ill int act makes t his part icular collect ion specimen a real t rophy met eorit e. T he t hin descript ion surrounding t he Pirgunje met eorit e ext ract ed f rom a 1889 let t er barely t ops 25 words: “A st one labeled “Pirgunje, 29.8.82″, was sent f rom India t o E.A. Pankhurst of Bright onby a man who had no knowledge what ever of it or it s ant ecedent s.” Pirgunje is not t he oldest wit nessed f all in Bangladesh, but it does have t he smallest t ot al known weight –but not by much. Int erest ingly, of t he eight met eorit es claiming Bangladesh home, all are f alls wit h t wo of t he met eorit es (coincident ly bot h f alling in 1935) making up 80% of t he Count ry’s T ot al Met eorit e Mass (CT MM).

Wit h 50% of t his part ial slice’s edge crust ed it really doesn’t get much bet t er t han t his wit hout t he upgrade t o a complet e slice. When a met eor goes t hrough pubert y, it grows f usion crust and leaves behind it s vagabond lif est yle. Once on t he f ar side of it s at mospheric rit e of passage, t he met eorit e breat hs oxygen and absorbs wat er unt il old age cat ches up wit h it . Some lucky met eorit es live a luxurious lif e bat hed in nit rogen and venerat ed by lab coat wearing humanoids, while ot hers are hacked and beat en t o pieces bef ore being sold int o t hralldom becoming not hing more t han personal propert y. Falling in t he year of Charles Darwin’s deat h, t he evolut ion of my slice of Pirgunje st ops here hopef ully remaining f orever as it looks t oday. Bangladesh has a colorf ul hist ory t o say t he least . When when one overlays t he region’s hist ory of recovered met eorit e f alls across t he cult ural event s of t he area, a curious pict ure develops. All known met eorit es f rom Bangladesh f ell in t he span of years bet ween t he Indian Rebellion of 1857 and t he end of Brit ish colonial rule in India. No met eorit es bef ore 1863 and t hus f ar none af t er 1940. In specif ic, of t he eight wit nessed f alls in Bangladesh, seven are ordinary chondrit es (f our L6s, one H5, one H6 and one LL3-6), and t he only non-chondrit ic out lier is a mesosiderit e named Pat war.

Wit h L6 chondrit es, you have t o enjoy what ’s available. In t he case of Pirgunje t here’s not much act ion. Pict ured above is t he int ersect ion of a met al inclusion wit h a dark, likely shocked carbonaceous area.

T he 6 in L6 basically means good luck f inding a chondrule, but t he L, alt hough meaning a lower concent rat ion of iron, does not t ranslat e t o a f ruit less search f or any element wit h 26 prot ons. Bangladesh is a count ry where almost a t hird of it f loods each year during t he f our mont h monsoon season beginning around June f irst . It would be easy t o blame t he weat her f or why t here are f ew Bangladesh met eorit es, however somet hing seemingly cont radict ory appears when comparing t he monsoon season t o t he calendar of Bangladesh met eorit e f alls. First , June, July, August , and Sept ember are act ive monsoon mont hs so t hose mont hs should be t he least product ive f or wit nessing and f inding met eorit es. However, t he f all days f or Bangladesh’s met eorit es are March 27, May 14, May 23, July 29, August 7, August 11, August 29 and Oct ober 22. T hat means t hat half of t he wit nessed f alls f ell during t he monsoon season, and six non-monsoon mont hs of f ered up no met eorit es. So it seems t here is somet hing else at work here. Any ideas?

Posing wit h a crooked smile, t he part ial slice of Pirgunje represent s t he second largest piece in any collect ion anywhere. Not surprisingly, t he main mass of Pirgunje, as list ed in t he Cat alogue of Met eorit es, resides as a 732g specimen in t he Nat ural Hist ory Museum in London. Beyond t hat , 28g are list ed in t he Field Museum collect ion, 23.1g in Canada, 23g in at t he American Museum of Nat ural Hist ory, 16.2g in Calcut t a, 9g in Vienna, and 3.8g f or t he Vat ican. What does all t hat mean? Not much except t hat t he piece in my collect ion is second largest piece of Pirgunje in t he world. Or, as I like t o t hink of it , since t he main mass is st ill 87% of t he original mass, my piece is t he largest slice* in t he world. *Subject t o change wit hout not ice.

Back in t he early 1990s, Blaine Reed acquired met eorit es f rom t he est at e of t he lat e Terry Schmidt . From what I have been t old, Mr. Schmidt was able t o obt ain some remarkable samples of very rare met eorit es in a quest t o st udy f usion crust , and it is my assumpt ion based on t he December 1992 acquisit ion dat e t hat t his slice of Pirgunje was one such Schmidt specimen. T he count ry of Bangladesh is about t he size of t he US st at e of Iowa. Bangladesh is surrounded overwhelmingly by India wit h good dose of t he Bay of Bengal and a smidgen of Burma. It ’s met eorit e f all hist ory over t he past one hundred and f if t y years is f ull of f it s and st art s, but t oday it seems t ot ally st alled out wit h t he most recent met eorit e f all 70 years ago. While f or some met eorit e collect ors t hat makes specimens f rom Bangladesh all t he more desirable, but t o me it means t hose collect ors need t o t ake a closer look at t he f act s because Iowa hasn’t had a wit nessed met eorit e f all since 1890! Unt il next t ime…. T he Accretion Desk welcomes all comments and f eedback. Please Share and Enjoy:

Meteorite-Times Magazine Tektite Lamp by Jim Tobin Like

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The Tektite Lamp My art icle t his mont h is maybe t he one of t he best examples of t he convergence of hobbies t hat I have ever shared. It was act ually well over a year ago t hat t his all happened but I have just not be sure t hat I want ed t o say anyt hing about it . As I plan on doing more of t his kind of work I t hink t his maybe t he t ime t o t alk about it . I was maybe f if t een when my f at her f ound an old leaded glass window at an ant ique st ore and decided t o use t he major art ist ic port ions of it t o modif y our f ront door at home. It was well over a hundred years old I am sure and very nice. I got my f irst int roduct ion int o cut t ing glass and soldering lead came way back t hen. I have kept up wit h it over t he years making window hanger decorat ions and Tif f any st yle lamps. I have added et ched glass and carved glass t o t he project s as t ime passed. I have used slabs of agat e, but I had never incorporat ed any t ekt it es int o t he glasswork. When Paul and I visit ed Darryl Fut rell at his home t here was always t he t ekt it e lamp he had sit t ing in t he room of f t he side by t he f ront door. But , it was not what I decided I want ed t o make if I ever did. His had relat ively f ew really t hin t ransparent pieces of glass. If I ever made one I want ed it t o really glow wit h t ransparency.

Close up phot o of a small area of my lamp

So a year ago I sat down wit h t wo big boxes of what we consider scrap t ekt it es and st art ed going t hrough it looking f or t he t hin t ransparent pieces. I worked my way t hrough one of t he boxes holding up probably a t housand t ekt it es t o t he light t o examine t heir t ransparency. I was gradually building a pile t hat would work f or t he lamp. I never exhaust ed t he supply in t he f irst box of broken t ekt it es so I know t hat t here are plent y more lef t f or project s in t he f ut ure. We have at least t hree of t hese big boxes. It was mat erial t hat we had t o t ake when we got t he Fut rell collect ion of beaut if ul t ekt it es. Af t er sort ing out a couple hundred t hin pieces I had t he night ly chore of wrapping t hem wit h copper f oil around t heir edges. T hat t ook a week or so of spare t ime. Af t er t hey were wrapped t hen it was of f t o t he garage t o make a mold t he shape of t he lampshade I was going t o creat e. Once t he mold was ready all I needed was a brass disk t hat would be at t he very t op f or t he lamp base t o go t hrough and t hen I could begin soldering t he glass pieces t o each ot her. All sounds very simple just solder t he pieces t oget her. Only problem is t hat I am not working f rom a pat t ern wit h nicely cut pieces of glass t hat are made t o f it t oget her. T his was t o become a t hree dimensional puzzle where I would f it dozens of pieces in every locat ion unt il I f ound one t hat would leave t he smallest gaps t o lat er be f illed wit h solder. Progress was slow but st eady and t he lamp came t oget her in about one solid weekend of work. Af t er all t he t ekt it es were t acked t oget her wit h a couple spot s of solder t he copper f oil must be complet ely covered wit h a nice smoot h domed layer of solder on t he inside as well as of course t he out side. It is t his complet e soldering t hat gives st rengt h t o t he glass project be it a lampshade or anyt hing else. Anot her day of of f and on work and I had it all soldered. T he t ricky part is t o layer t he one side wit hout melt ing t he soldering job you have done on t he ot her side. You have t o work f ast and not allow t he heat f rom t he soldering iron t ip t o remain in a spot long enough t o melt out t he work you have already done. And it is hot work and you have t o keep gravit y in mind because you need t o remember how your solder will f low and not let it run down or out or of f t he area you are f illing. Af t er t he soldering you have t o do a super good job of cleaning t he glasswork t o remove f lux and splat t ers of solder and what ever. It has t o be clean so t hat it can be ant iqued t o a black pat ina. T he chemicals are nast y and smelly and you only want t o use t hem once. So get t ing it clean t he f irst t ime is somet hing you learn f ast .

I hunt ed around at some swap meet s and junk st ores looking f or a nice art deco st yle lamp st and t o go wit h t he lampshade and f inally f ound one I like well enough. It needed rewiring and a new swit ch. T hat was easy enough. And t he f inial was appropriat e enough t hat came wit h t he lamp. So it was done. I guess all t he t ime involved would be a couple hundred hours. About 200 hand select ed pieces of T hailand splashf orm t ekt it e glass and probably at least a pound of solder, a f ew dollars f or t he st and and t he swit ch and wire, so what is it wort h? I have no idea. It is almost unique, almost a one of a kind. But , I may change t hat soon wit h ot hers. But , t hey may not be 100% t ekt it e glass. T hat is just one mean f it t ing chore. I act ually t oward t he end had no pieces lef t t hat would f it t oget her and had t o go back and sort out more t o get addit ional pieces t o work wit h in order t o complet e t he shade. I t hink maybe using t ekt it e pieces here and t here in project s is t he direct ion I will go in t he f ut ure.

Paul has t he lamp at his home. I gave it t o him when I f inished it . T hat kind of f orces me t o make anot her doesn’t it ? Have a great mont h and I look f orward t o sharing again next mont h. Please Share and Enjoy:

Meteorite-Times Magazine Meteorite Market Trends by Michael Blood Like

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Meteorite-Times Magazine Summer Vacation – 2010 by Robert Verish Like

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Summer Vacation – 2010 Summer vacation is a great time to catch-up on reading about meteorites. Here is my select list of some recent abstracts.

You can blame t his abbreviat ed version of Bob’s Findings on my “summer-t ime schedule”. T he weat her t his summer has been so mild, here where I live, t hat it is hard t o st ay indoors and work on comput er-relat ed project s. But , I do hope t o cat ch-up on my reading t his summer. I’ve made a list of art icles and journals t hat I want t o read, and some of t hem include t he abst ract s t hat were present ed at t he 73rd Annual Meet ing of t he Met eorit ical Societ y which was held last mont h in New York Cit y, USA. You can f ind t hese, and all t he ot her abst ract s, on-line and published in t he “Supplement ” issue (Vol. 45, 2010 July) of t he Met eorit ical Societ y journal, Met eorit ics & Planet ary Sciences (M&PS). Here is a “short -list ” just t o give you an sample of t he various abst ract s t hat were present ed: 5291 “MET EORIT E FALLS OBSERVED BY T HE DESERT FIREBALL NET WORK: AN UPDAT E” 5236 “NOBLE GAS ANALYSIS OF T HE GRIMSBY H-CHONDRIT E” 5353 “T HE RECENT MET EORIT E FALL IN LORT ON, VIRGINIA, USA ” 5427 “ALL SHOCKED MET EORIT ES WERE SHOCKED AT SIGNIFICANT DEPT H IN T HEIR PARENT BODIES” 5020 “LIQUIDUS HIGH-PRESSURE ASSEMBLAGES IN SHOCKED MART IAN SHERGOT T IT ES: CONST RAINT S T O EQUILIBRIUM PEAK SHOCK-PRESSURES AND CONSEQUENCES T O RADIOMET RIC AGES” 5104 “MINIMET EORIT ES FROM T HE T RANSANTARCT IC MOUNTAINS” 5365 “DOPPLER WEAT HER RADAR OBSERVAT IONS OF T HE 14 APRIL 2010 SOUT HWEST WISCONSIN MET EORIT E FALL” 5357


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

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IMCA Insights – August 2010 2010 IMCA Board Elections – Special Edition In t he last years, many of our Members complained t hat t hey hadn’t been aware of our annual elect ions t o t he IMCA Board of Direct ors. It t urned out t hat several of t hese Members didn’t receive our IMCA Mailing List messages, or t hat t hese messages had ended up in some spam f ilt er. Wit h our new Mailman-based Mailing List t hese cases are get t ing more and more rare, but st ill some Members did f orget t o updat e t heir email addresses wit h us or disabled t he receipt of list emails, and so t hey missed our announcement s, and t he opport unit y t o vot e, or t o nominat e candidat es f or t he IMCA Board. To avoid t his, we decided t o make our annual elect ions public a bit earlier, t his year, and t hus t his Special Edit ion of IMCA Insight s t hat ’s more of an announcement , and a brief t ut orial t o t he IMCA Board of Direct ors, and t he elect ion procedures. Let ’s st art wit h some background inf ormat ion. T he IMCA Board of Directors Right now, t he IMCA Board of Direct ors is comprised of nine Board Members, wit h f our of t hem serving as IMCA Board Of f icers (t he year in bracket s behind each name ref ers t o t he year in which t he respect ive Board Member’s t erm ends): Norbert Classen (2010) – President Anne Black (2010) – Vice President Andrzej S. Pilski (2012) – Secret ary Maria Haas (2012) – Treasurer Jef f Kuyken (2010) Dave Gheesling (2012) Larry Lebof sky (2011) Mart in Alt mann (2011) Sergey Vasiliev (2011) According t o our ByLaws, each Board Member is elect ed t o a t erm of t hree years, and t his year t he t erms of t hree Board Members are expiring: t he t erms of Jef f Kuyken, Anne Black, and Norbert Classen. All of t hese t hree might opt f or running up f or re-elect ion, but t his is not really sure at t his point . 2010 Election of T hree New Directors f or the IMCA Board In accordance wit h our ByLaws, t hree Board Members will be elect ed in 2010, and at least six Candidat es will be up f or elect ion (our ByLaws require a minimum of t wo Candidat es f or each vacant Board posit ion). Somet hing t hat brings us t o t he f irst phase of our public elect ions: t he Nominat ions. Nominations: Volunteers Wanted! T he requirement s t o be a Candidat e are very simple: you must have been a IMCA Member in good st anding f or at least t wo years. If you have any quest ions regarding your Membership, t his would be a good t ime t o cont act us, and t o ask about your st at us. A great many of you do qualif y. So t ell us now t hat you want t o part icipat e in t he shaping of our Associat ion f or t he f ut ure. If you really must t hink about it f irst (or ask a f ew quest ions) we will give you until September 14 , 2010, but we must have your email announcing your candidacy no lat er

t han Sept ember 14, 2010, midnight (East ern Time). Remember – we need at least six Candidates as our Bylaws require t wo Candidat es f or each open slot on t he Board. We’re just wait ing f or a sign f rom you! Cont act t he Nominat ions and Elect ions Commit t ee at elect t o let us know t hat you want t o be a Candidat e f or t he Board of Direct ors. If you want t o nominat e someone else, t hat ’s also f ine wit h us – just make sure t hat t he Nominee is aware of t hat nominat ion, and t hat he’s act ually willing t o accept it . In any case, we will have t o receive a f ormal not ice by t he Nominee, st at ing t hat he accept s his nominat ion no lat er t han Sept ember 14, 2010, midnight (East ern Time). FAQ: How much Work is it? We of t en have been asked how much work it is t o serve on t he IMCA Board of Direct ors. Is it t ime consuming? T here’s no simple answer t o t hat , and it cert ainly depends on if you are just serving as a Board Member, or as a Board Of f icer. Nat urally, t he Of f icers will have t o invest a bit more t ime and energy int o t heir respect ive t asks – but t hen, you won’t have t o volunt eer f or an Of f icer’s posit ion af t er t he elect ions. In any case, be prepared t o engage in a f requent discussion wit h t he ot her Board Members, vot ing on Membership Applicant s, resolving disput es, invest igat ing complaint s, et c. Besides t hat , you might be asked t o serve on one of t he Commit t ees, such as t he Nominat ions and Elect ions Commit t ee, t he Membership Commit t ee, or t he Websit e Commit t ee. Of course, you will be a bit busier if you are a member of t he Nominat ions and Elect ions Commit t ee at t his t ime of t he year. Besides t hat , working on ot her Commit t ees, such as t he EoM Commit t ee, can mean a lot of work: just ask Sergey Vasiliev who did a f ant ast ic job in re-creat ing t he new IMCA Encyclopedia of Met eorit es. Just have a look, and you will see what we mean. T hanks t o Sergey f or all of his t ime, his great work, and ent husiasm. And t hanks also t o EoM Commit t ee Member Bob Falls f or his help wit h t his. T he cont inuing work on t he EoM, t he open discussion of Int ernat ional Met eorit e Laws, and ot her import ant issues will sure keep all new and old Direct ors busy, but don’t worry, we all have a lif e beyond IMCA and it s Board of Direct ors, and we are all used t o t eamwork. Of course, we would pref er t o see Candidat es running t hat are more act ive Members, and who are act ually willing t o give t heir best f or our Associat ion. But t hen, we are f ully aware of t he nat ural rest rict ions put upon us by everyday lif e, and ot her commit ment s. So, What’s Next? Af t er t he nominat ion phase, which will end on Sept ember 14, 2010, midnight (East ern Time), we will t ake a f ew days t o verif y t he eligibilit y of all t he Candidat es, and we will publish t he names of all t he Candidat es on Sept ember 17, 2010 via our IMCA Mailing List . T he Candidat es will t hen have t wo weeks t ime (f rom Sept ember 17 t o Oct ober 01, 2010, midnight , East ern Time) t o explain t o our Membership why t hey want t o be a Direct or, and t o answer all your quest ions (again, via our IMCA Mailing List ). And we will act ually vot e during t he week of Oct ober 02 t o Oct ober 09, 2010. Please have a look at our of f icial Elect ion Schedule f or more inf ormat ion, and t echnical det ails. Of f icial IMCA Election Schedule Sept ember 14 (midnight East ern Time): Deadline for Nominations Cont act t he Nominat ions and Elect ions Commit t ee t o let us know t hat you want t o be a Candidat e f or t he Board of Direct ors. (eligibilit y requirement s – 2 years as a dues paying member in good st anding) Sept ember 17: Publication of the List of Candidates Sept ember 17 – Oct ober 01 (midnight East ern Time): Campaign T he Candidat es may t ell t he Members (via our IMCA Mailing List only) why t hey want t o sit on t he Board of Direct ors, and answer ot her Member’s quest ions. T heir st at ement s and answers will be published t o our ent ire Membership during t hat t ime (again, via our IMCA Mailing List only).

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Meteorite-Times Magazine Efremovka CV3 by John Kashuba Like

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Chuck, Just t he exot ic name made me want it . Ef removka. It ’s a CV3 t hin sect ion and looked dif f erent so I bought it . (It wasn’t cheap.) T he st one was f ound in Kazakhst an in 1962. Back t hen it was called t he Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. T he sample on t he t hin sect ion is a good size and has t wo large f eat ures t hat caught my eye. Here, check t hem out . John

T he sample is about 27 mm long.

At t he bot t om right is a f ragment of a huge chondrule. T he original chondrule was at least 12 mm in diamet er. Toward t he lef t is a 5 mm chondrule.

T his and t he rest of t he shot s were t aken f rom t he ot her side of t he sect ion. T he label is on t he main slide but I pref er t o shoot t hrough t he t hin cover slide – t he ot her side. T his f ragment has been t hrough a lot . T he st eps on t he lef t are f rom layers shearing f rom ot hers. It looks like t his happened early on. T he ot her breaks, now f illed, probably happened lat er. T his is shot in incident light . T he f ield of view is about 10 mm wide.

In cross-polarized light it looks like it is most ly pyroxene. T he part on t he lef t has a f ine radial st ruct ure.

Now t hat 5 mm chondrule. In incident light we see met al in t he middle in well rounded blebs. Furt her out it is in irregular masses and f urt her st ill it is f inely dispersed.

Transmit t ed light shows t he layering well.

And in XPL. Did t his t hing build up around a grain t hat st ill lies in t he cent er?

A close-up of t he t op lef t corner. Rounded met al blebs, irregular masses and f inely dispersed. Again, t his is in incident light .

Transmit t ed light . T he bright spot below and lef t of cent er is where mat erial was lost , “plucked�, during t hin sect ion making.

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T his f eat ure is devot ed each mont h t o one of t he personalit ies wit hin t he met eorit e communit y. T his mont h we are delight ed t o share an int erview we had wit h Bob Walker of t he Queensland Met eorit es Int erest Group’s Home Page (QMIG).

Met eorit e-Times (MT ) What or who got you int erest ed in met eorit es and how old were you when you got your f irst met eorit e? Bob Walker (BW) I have had an int erest in rocks f or longer t han I would care t o remember – but I recovered my f irst met eorit e (Tenham) during a visit t here in t he lat e 1990s… My colleagues in t he Aust ralian Regular Army of t en laugh at me pot t ering around looking f or rocks, cymbidiums and nepent hes when we are f ar f ar away on deployment /s bot h here in Aust ralia and overseas ! I st ill have f ond memories of f inding a communit y of Nepent hes Aust ralis growing wild at RAAF Scherger (Weipa) last year – no met eorit es f ound at Weipa but acres of bauxit e… (MT ) What was your f irst met eorit e? (BW) Tenham. (MT ) Do you st ill have it ? (BW) Yes.

My gorgeous 220g Tenham individual. (MT ) Do you have special areas of int erest t hat you f ocus on in regards t o met eorit es (t hin sect ions, phot ography, chemist ry, age dat ing.. et c)? (BW) My primary f ocus has been on Queensland (my home st at e) met eorit es ! I had earlier f ond hopes t hat my websit e ht t p:// would spur a wave of parochial met eorit e websit es f rom readers’ home st at es but alas no. My current f ocus is on t he micrography of t hin-sect ions t o keep me mot ivat ed, cheerf ul and busy now t hat I am on convalescent leave wit h t erminal cancer… I st ill hope t o see Christ mas 2010 (and longer) and whilst I am donat ing my Queensland collect ion t o t he Queensland Museum – hope t o have enough t ime t o complet e a variet y of project s part icularly micrographing enough t hin-sect ions t o act as a resource f or a book t hat a colleague may writ e and t o produce a Tenham met eorit e medallion. Earlier int erest s have included hammer st ones and iron met eorit es.

T hin-sect ion of Wint on 1, a recent Queensland f ind undergoing classif icat ion. (MT ) Does your Family share in your int erest in met eorit es? (BW) No. (MT ) Do you have any special approaches t o collect ing? (Type collect ion, only st ones, only irons, only by aest het ics, et c. or any and all t hat you like.) (BW) I have a f ocus on Queensland met eorit es and part icularly a f ocus on repat riat ing

unclassif ied and rare Queensland specimens back home.

T he Queensland Museum f irst ever public met eorit e display. (MT ) Do you mind saying how many locat ions your collect ion represent s? (BW) My collect ion is most ly Queensland chondrit es wit h a sprinkling of t he occasional worldwide assort ed t ype/s t hat have int erest ed me ie near misses and met eorwrongs t hat you would swear must be met eorit es such as t he Mendot a met eorwrong – classic f rauds like t he Emerald met eorit e also have a special place in my heart . (MT ) Is your collect ion displayed or kept in a dry box or bot h? Bot h. Yest erday (August 5, 2010), I helped t he Senior Geoscience Curat or, Dr. Alex COOK, set up t he f irst ever public display of met eorit es at t he Queensland Museum where I have loaned half t he display.

Dr Alex Cook, t he senior geoscience Curat or of t he Queensland Museum and t he display we set up. (MT ) In what ways do you use your comput er f or met eorit es?

(BW) My comput er is used mainly as a vehicle t o access t he met eorit e mailing list and t o edit and updat e my websit e and also of course t o email met eorit e colleagues here in Aust ralia and around t he world – My websit e act s bot h as a educat ional and collect ing resource and t o channel quest ions about Queensland met eorit es including t heir ident if icat ion and classif icat ion alt hough I have been asked t o ident if y more met eorwrongs t han met eorit es! (MT ) Do you ever hunt f or met eorit es? (BW) Yes. (MT ) What is your f avorit e met eorit e in your collect ion? (BW) Tenham. (MT ) What is your f avorit e overall if it is not t he one above? (BW) Tenham is my f avorit e met eorit e which I have described as t he “signat ure” met eorit e of Queensland. (MT ) What makes t hese of special int erest ? (BW) Tenham st ill can be f ound wit hin t he Tenham st rewnf ield and t here is an amazing variat ion of colors and f eat ures wit hin t he mat rix… and of course t here are st ill new f inds t o be made in and around t he Tenham st rewnf ield. (MT ) What met eorit es are current ly on your wish list ? (BW) My major project at t he moment is keeping myself mot ivat ed, cheerf ul and busy wit h a project micrographing t hin-sect ions bot h as a educat ional and collect ing resource… it is hoped t hat a colleague will writ e t he def init ive book on t hin-sect ions using t hese as a wonderf ul resource. I wish t o t ake t he opport unit y t o ask readers if I can borrow any int erest ing t hin-sect ions f rom t hem t o have micrographed wit h a part icular f ocus on “pret t y” and “int erest ing” t hin-sect ions as well as t hin-sect ions of hammer st ones. I will cont inue t o updat e t he met list wit h det ails of new t hin-sect ion webpages and will warn readers bef ore I delet e webpages t o make room f or new webpages wit h my plan being t o rot at e ? t en webpages at a t ime.

My MOSSGIEL t hin-sect ion. And – if I can cont inue t o repat riat e unclassif ied and ot her rare Queensland met eorit es – t his can only help t he Queensland Museum who I will bequeat h my collect ion t o where it will reside as a communit y and universit y resource wit hout seeing our hist ory and herit age chipped away int o one gram ebay sales so t hat my grandchildren and f ut ure generat ions have somet hing t o see t hat I hope will inspire t hem t o go on and st udy.

(MT ) What met hods have been most successf ul in building your collect ion? (Buying at shows, f rom dealers by mail, auct ions on t he web, t rading‌ et c) (BW) All of t he above ! t hough I must admit t o being overly f ond of my ebay bidsniper! (MT ) Do you also collect relat ed mat erials like impact glasses, breccias, melt s, t ekt it es, shocked f ossils, nat ive iron rocks et c? (BW) No. (MT ) Do you prepare any of your own specimens? (cut , polish, et ch, et c.) (BW) No. (MT ) Have you had t o t ake any special measures t o prot ect t hem f rom t he environment ? (BW) Some of my iron specimens require caref ul and regular oiling and are surf ace sprayed wit h a t ransparent f ilm prevent ing rust easily removed wit hout damaging t he irons and even some of my high iron chondrit es require a bit of a similar t ouch-up. Please Share and Enjoy:

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