Until I bring this specimen down to UCLA, Have a Happy Holiday!
P.S. - Here are some images of my "meteor-wrong FIND(?)".
This one shows its general ORIENTED shape:
This one shows the FUSION CRUST:
This one shows FLOW-LIPPING of the "fusion crust" as it accumulates on the back side of the "oriented" mass:
The "fusion crust" exhibits CONTRACTION CRACKS:
The back side of the "oriented" mass is not crusted over and exhibits small, spheroidal pseudo-CHONDRULES:
This is the URL for a directory containing additional images:
--- Paul Warren <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Bob, > > I saw the pictures. The stone looks weird, all > right. The odds are always in favor of terrestrial > provenance, and I presume you know that desert > varnish can sometimes do a mighty impressive > imitation of fusion crust. Yes, this is very true. In fact, I have some excellent examples of desert varnish in my meteor-wrong collection. > However, I don't see why you are so positive it can't > be a meteorite. > Is it magnetic? No magnetic attraction can be discerned. > How does its density compare with typical terrestrial > rock such as granite? Nearly half that of non-porous terrestrial granitic rock. (My main counter-indication.) > The only counter-indication I saw was the contraction cracks > (I've never heard of such a thing on a true meteorite, > although that does not necessarily rule it out). Please excuse my terminology. There must be a better term for what I'm trying to describe, because I've seen these "cracks" exhibited in many different meteorites. (But come to think of it, I can only remember seeing it in small chondritic stones.) Here's one of my first introductions to this phenomenon of "contraction cracks" - Lucerne Valley 014 (L5): <http://members.tripod.com/~beaulide/lucerne/ldl-1st.htm> Here's LV 010 (H4): <http://members.tripod.com/~bolidechaser/grifith2/MVC-013F.JPG> Here's Muroc Dry Lake (L6): <http://members.tripod.com/~bolidechaser/grifith3/mroc-dl3.jpg> Here's Muroc (L5): <http://members.tripod.com/~bolidechaser/grifith3/muroc-03.jpg> NOTE: The last time that I thought I had found a piece of partially burnt model rocket propellant, but turned out to be a chondrite, was the LL6 known as Lucerne Valley 015 ;-) <http://members.tripod.com/~bolidechaser/lucerne/lv015-p1.htm> > Happy Holidays! > > Paul Have a Happy One, yourself! Bob V.