I've had to revise the above information, based upon this message that I received later in the month (January):
"The slightly revised story of our new meteorite find" [redacted title]
Dated: Thursday, January 19, 2012 3:35 PM
From: "John Harrison"
To: "Robert Verish"
I told you yesterday there have been some interesting developments on the [redacted] find.
As you know on November 28 2011 I was fortunate enough to find the 233 gram Puzzle-piece stone.
At the time of my discovery the first thing I did was call Nola on the radio and tell her about my new find.
As I told her about the find she was very excited and said “Cool, I will get Carol and head over to you”.
She also said “I think I found one too” not giving her statement much thought I took off my back pack and
detached my GPS from the back pack and placed it directly over the new find and I pressed the mark waypoint
button on my Garmin; it was exactly 12:01 PM
It took Nola and Carol a few minutes to get to me. Upon arrival one of the first things Nola said to me was
“Look at this” and she showed me a square rock that was attracted to her magnet. This rock greatly resembled
these rail road rocks that we find where we park the truck that are magnetic. Selfishly, I gave this rock very little
attention and replied “that’s one of those Rail Road rocks” and I gave her the rock back; Nola as a beginner to
meteorite hunting totally relied on my word and we went back on focusing on my stone taking in situ pictures and so on.
And with in 45 minutes I was able to locate the two other pieces and make the three pieces fit together making the
"puzzle piece". Obviously I was on cloud nine and the whole day was about by MY new find. We continued hunting hard
till dark and headed back to Twin Falls.
Obviously on Monday I sent pictures, emails and made phone calls to all my meteorite hunting friends about
my new and coolest find ever. The responses were amazing. And to say the least I was very proud of my new find.
Later that week I got a call from Nola inviting me to her home for dinner, as a frequent dinner guest I ask her
what I should bring. She said just bring your meteorite I want to check that thing out again. So I packed up
my meteorite and headed over to her house. As I mentioned before I am a frequent visitor to her home so
I always help with dinner preparations. I noticed on the counter she had a fairly large pile of meteor wrongs
and unique (pretty) rocks. One of the rocks caught my eye so I picked it up and inspected it and said,
"Nola, this is a meteorite!" She immediately stopped whatever she was doing and rather snippily said
“You said that was one of the rail road rocks!” I replied, "No, this is a meteorite, I guarantee it!
And I asked her where she found it. She grabbed her GPS and showed me way point #3 where she had
documented this find. It was about ½ of a mile away from where I had found my three puzzle piece fragments.
And she documented her find at 11:57 AM, if you remember I documented my find at 12:01 PM (4 minutes apart)!
I then congratulated her and said you are the original finder of this meteorite and you have made your first cold find.
Needless to say, Nola was more than excited.
With her new find and location we immediately planned another trip, and on December 11th 2011 we headed-back
to Nevada. This time we knew exactly the area we need to look. We got on our quads and headed right to
waypoint #3 and after a few minutes of searching I get a call from Nola on the radio. “John I can’t keep this from you
any longer, get over here!” As I approached her I could see a huge grin on her face. “Oh my gosh”she said!
“You are not going to believe this John.” I got off my quad and she proudly gave me the tour of her finds;
5 fragments in a 20’ radius with the biggest being 358 grams. Together they all weighed 598 grams. At that point
we took several pictures and had a blast documenting all the finds. I must admit I was very happy for her.
I had felt extremely bad about not identifying her find two weeks earlier, but today was Nola’s day and it made me
feel good! Later that day we found 4 more fragments, one of which I am fairly certain is NOT paired as it is
quite a bit more weathered and I located it at a unrelated part of the lakebed.
To date we have recovered a just over a kilo of fragments from this Nevada lake bed and the good news is
with all the finds we have found, it has been determined that this was a fairly large chondrite and we have only
recovered a small portion of it.
I look forward to future trips with Nola and Carol as soon as the spring weather gets here.
Samples of these meteorites have been sent to Dr Tony Irving at the University Washington for classification.
And as another surprise Dr. Irving has invited us all to the University to witness in person the classification
of our meteorites and show us how process works using the electron micro probe. Also giving us a tour of the
Universities collection. This is all supposed to take place in the next few weeks.
Nola, and her friend Carol and myself, can’t wait.
Update: Talked with Dr. Irving today, his initial assessment of both meteorites is...
Nola’s (and mine) puzzle stone: L5 W1 S[low] and it has visible chondrules
My weathered stone: L6 W3 S2
This was not with the micro-probe, but just with a microscope (we will do the micro-probe in a few weeks).
------------------- End of John's letter -------------------
Addendum note: Dr. Irving completed his characterization of these two meteorites, and the results are
very close to the predications made only by the optical microscope:
Mass Pieces Class Shock Weathering grade Fa Fs Wo
983 13 L5 S2 W1 24.9-25.1 20.3-20.9 1.0-1.7
18 1 L6 S2 W2 24.7-26.7 21.2-22.3 1.4-1.6
Congratulations to Nola, and a huge "Thank you" to John for his clarification letter. You are a true gentleman.
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