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."

"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" on earth."

"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!!)"


Prepared by:

Randy L. Korotev

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

Please don't contact me about the meteorite you think you’ve found until you read this and this.