P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
May 18, 2010
Here is one of a series of lists over the next couple months (when I am home that is) that is recently received (or soon to be received) consigned items. I will try to keep these to their proper scheduled times, but some my vary so don't be to surprised if a list shows up off schedule.
Please contact me as soon as possible on these as I will only be home for today and tomorrow (I have been on a home 2 days gone 5 or 6 day schedule lately and will be through at least the end of May, unfortunately). Feel free to leave a message (phone is best while I am here e-mail on the days I am gone might be better as there is a chance I may be able to borrow a computer and check those while gone). I should be back home by Tuesday evening next week if you want to talk too me after this Thursday morning (I will be leaving about 10AM).
DIMMITT, Texas: (H3.7). Found 1942, recognized as distinct fall in 1950. Tkw = about 200kg.
This is a small cut fragment that has been coated (lacquer?) to help bring out the structure and chondrules (that usually are nearly invisible in this stuff). This is definitely Dimmitt and contrasts distinctly different in appearance from the Tulia listed below (these would make a good pair - showing the real difference between these long confused meteorites).
9.6 gram cut fragment - 30mm x 15mm x 7mm - $15
FAUCETT, Missouri: (H5). Found 1966. Tkw = 100 kilograms.
Here is a nice little 1/2 slice (one cut edge remainder is mostly crusted but part looks like it may be a natural break) of this now difficult to obtain meteorite. I once had quite a bit of this, but this is the first piece I have had in a number of years now.
9.6 gram slice - 33mm x 21mm x 4mm - $45
JILIN, China: (H5). Fell March 1976. Tkw = 4 tons.
Here are a couple slices of this huge fall. The largest recovered piece was 1770 kilograms and is still, I believe, the largest single stone meteorite in the world. The smaller piece here is likely an earlier recovery as it is lighter in color and has a bit fresher crust. The larger piece though shows some shock features and hints of breccia clasts.
a) 4.6 gram slice - 24mm x 24mm x 2mm - $25
b) 12.8 gram slice - 40mm x 35mm x 3mm - $60
NADIABONDI, Burkina-Faso, Africa: (H5). Fell July 27, 1956. Tkw = 8.165 kilograms.
I know there has been a bit of controversy over what is really this fall and misidentified pieces of Gao. This piece does have a different appearance than most of the Gaos I have seen. This is far fresher (showing a light matrix with only a light amount of overall brown staining whereas most Gaos are quite brown) and this has a very uniform H5 texture (whereas Gaos are brecciated and usually show at least some fragmentation, even in fairly small specimens). Though it would be impossible to be absolutely certain (with out detailed research lab analysis) that this is not simply a mislabeled Gao, I am quite comfortable calling it a real Nadiabondi specimen.
7.2 gram end piece - 26mm x 21mm x 6mm - $35
NWA (065): (H5). Found August 6, 2000. Tkw = 5094 grams.
This is different looking stuff. It is very porous (it likely suffered little shock in its life) looking more like a piece of sandstone (though one that has a good number of obvious chondrules) than a meteorite at first glance. It has weathered some such that it has an interesting reddish-brown color (but still shows a fair amount of metal. These are nearly complete slices. They each have one 35mm cut edge with the remainder being natural.
a) 18.4 gram slice - 50mm x 35mm x 5mm - $35
b) 25.4 gram slice - 53mm x 37mm x 6mm - $48
NWA (096): (H3.8). Found summer 2000. Tkw = 2510 grams.
Wow. This one is for breccia collectors. It is lightly weathered (somewhat brown stained over all but still shows lots of metal). It has several obvious lighter clasts in a slightly darker matrix. This also has a couple 5mm to 8mm sized dark inclusions (shock melt pockets?). The larger one even appears to have some vesicles!
14.4 gram slice - 43mm x 27mm x 4.5mm - $70
NUEVO MERCURIO, Mexico: (H5). Fell December 15, 1978. Tkw = 9+ kilograms.
This is a natural fragment with some crust (a couple 5mm to 1cm sized patches).
6.1 gram fragment - 24mm x 20mm x 7mm -$35
THUATHE, Lesotho: (H4/5). Fell July 21, 2002. Tkw = about 30 kilograms.
This is a nice complete stone that only shows a couple late fall chipped areas (around 5x5mm and 5x9mm). The remainder is covered with black crust. Though there are a couple more similar sized areas to the above chips that are coated with a medium level secondary crust, the bulk of this stone has well developed crust - fairly rare for stones of this fall.
6.8 gram individual - 22mm x 22mm x 22mm - $120
TULIA (a), Texas: (H5). Found 1917. Tkw = 77+ kilograms.
The tag says (H3-4) but this is wrong. A piece of (the then unrecognized but close by) Dimmitt meteorite was mixed up with real Tulia when the analysis was done. This is obviously not a piece of Dimmitt. This shows lots of metal and troilite in a dark (almost black) matrix. Dimmitts are more dark brown than black, show more abundant chondrules (if you look carefully) and very little metal.
16.3 gram slice - 42mm x 20mm x 5mm - $30
WHETSTONE MOUNTAINS, Arizona: (H5), breccia. Fell June 23, 2009. Tkw = 2.14 kilograms.
This piece was put on display for a special event (Arizona Meteorite Exhibition) at the U of A on January 30, 2010. Sample of all known Arizona meteorites were put on display for that one evening (which I, unfortunately, missed as this was my first day of the Tucson show and very busy). This is a beautiful slice that clearly shows two different lithologies. It is highly polished on both sides and has fresh black crust along about 30% of its edge (other parts look to be natural break). This piece also comes with the info card it was displayed with during the exhibition.
6.88 gram slice - 30mm x 23mm x 3.5mm - $1050
MOUNT EDGERTON, Australia: (anomalous Aubrite). Found 1941. Tkw = 22+ kilograms.
This is another item I used to have quite a bit of (but around 15 or 20 years ago) but have not seen in quite awhile. This is a natural blocky fragment of enstatite. It is covered by a nice, natural, orange patina (with only one tiny sub-millimeter fresh break hidden in a crevice) and shows a few almost black patches of iron.
2.9 gram fragment - 17mm x 10mm x 10mm - $75
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Blaine Reed Meteorites List 88
P.O. Box 1141