Really Paying Attention
"I am an airline pilot with Northwest Airlines. Today
on a return flight from Oslo, Norway at 39,000 feet My crew and
I noticed a huge Meteor crater located in North Eastern Canada.
We did not even try to estimate the diameter from our altitude
but we were able to see it easily from over 50 miles away. It is
located at N 6115.07 W 7328.96. Do you have any idea if this crater
has been previously identified and if so do you have any amplifying
information on it." [The pilot had seen New
Quebec crater, which is 3.4 km in diameter.]
From a student in Jakarta, Indonesia: "Once they
reach the atmosphere of Earth, what happens?"
From someone who caught an error of omission in the Missouri
Meteorites list: "I was surprised to see Milton on the
list but not Independence. Independence was purchased in 2000 and
is a witnessed fall from either 1917 or 1918. The total mass weighed
only 880 grams. I now have the last of the material available for
sale/trade. The largest part slice weighs 38.2 grams and is crusted
on three edges."
From a real geologist's comments on the Meteorwrongs website: "Your
pic number 49 looks exactly like slag from
incomplete conversion of silver ore. It will most likely contain
melted silicates, iron, etc., (see my Silver King website for general
materials breakdown). In the old days, it was difficult to attain
the sustained temperatures of above 2,800 F. for an hour or so
in primitive "roasters", and lots of old mines have exactly
this type of semi-glassy material mixed in with trash or thrown
into nearby dry stream beds ("dry washes"). Now days,
this type of smelting operation is illegal due to toxic fumes containing
lead, mercury, sulfur and even some exotic metal traces, so smelting
is down by giant corporations such as the big copper companies."
Regarding my Reality "If you
found it on the beach, then it's probably not a meteorite," someone
asks: "Most rocks on beaches have been rounded, polished almost
if you will, via both river and ocean forces. I would think a meterite
that was washed down a stream and further rounded and polished
by tidal and wave action would not have a crust or sharp edges.
So why would one not find meterites in beach rock?"
"there are so many people out there who are giving out false information
and are selling rocks that they are calling meteors and are ordinarry rocks that
are from earth and are selling them out there and making a fortune. the earth
rocks that are being sold on the net as meteors is wrong and someone should put
them out of business for frauding against the public."
"AS A PROSPECTOR I HAVE ENJOYED YOUR EISDOM TO SHOW AND EXPLAINE MINERALS
...SORRY YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR A LIVING..THER IS NOTHING LIKE THE HUNTING..TO
AWAKEN THE SENCES AND TO BE OCCUPIED IN NATURE."
"I realize a lot of things that point to a 'never finding it' scenario,
but while looking for this 'ghost rock' I can find redeeming qualities. I get
a good walk in. I get peace and quiet. I find interesting rocks. The Farmer gets
the junk out of his fields. I am learning how to use a metal detector at the
age of 44. I am learning about meteors for the first time in my life. I am realizing
how intriguing their nostalgia is. I am sleeping better each time I come home
from a section of field on both a physical and mental aspect."
"I was brousing your site and I came across these three lunar meteorites.
Your site says that all three of them are "Unlike any basalt
from the Apollo and Luna missions." I have a question: if these
meteorites are so different to the Apollo and Luna samples, how
do we know that these are moonrocks?"
"...you must own the largest "ugliest rock garden"
"I'm sure you sigh & shake your head every time
you see these emails. :)"
"I was just wondering how a person would be able to
determine whether a rock is a lunar meteorite or a rock gathered
by one of the Apollo missions"
"My 11-year old daughter and I really enjoyed reading
your website. Thank you for the time you spent putting all this
interesting information on-line. It's especially nice for a science-minded
kid to see interesting information about meteorites and get an insight
into your process as well. She chuckled often while reading, and
enjoyed learning about meteorites."
"So i do my homework.I wouldn't have not contacted
you if i didn't .I understand that a lot of people dont."
"I found the rock in the middle of no where (litterally, because
I live in the middle of no where!!)"