From: Michel <Michel_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:43:29 2004
NWA is a way to rename stolen meteorites (if any) and it is one of its few
weaknesses. All other aspects seems to fulfil the a large majority in the
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De : Robert Verish <bolidechaser_at_yahoo.com>
À : <meteorite-list_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Envoyé : jeudi 5 juillet 2001 20:29
Objet : [meteorite-list] Editorial
> ... but seriously folks...
> It looks like the marketing of meteorites from NWA has
> received another black eye, this time in print, on the
> "Editorial" page of the most recent issue of "MAPS" -
> Meteoritics & Planetary Science (Volume 36), Issue 6,
> 2001 June.
> The editorial is by W. A. Cassidy: "Meteorites on the
> Greenland icesheet?" - you'll have to look it up,
> because I don't have permission to reprint it.
> But the gist of the statement, which was in the last
> paragraph, was that, if the supply of meteorites for
> sale [in the bazaars of North Africa] becomes too
> slim, [the Moroccan] dealers order specimens of other
> meteorites from elsewhere i n t h e w o r l d and
> resell them at generous markups as "North African"
> Now here are my questions:
> Correct me on this, but aren't NWAs the cheapest
> selling meteorites "in the world"?
> If not, where "in the world" are the Moroccans going
> in order to get these cheaper meteorites?
> Is it possible that the Moroccan importers are better
> at their job than their counterparts in North America
> and Europe?
> Okay, I guess comments like the one in the editorial
> about NWA meteorite markets are to be expected, since
> the purpose of the article was to extoll the value of
> Antarctic meteorites to science over those from hot
> The editorial ended with this sentence, "Hopefully,
> whoever may visit the suggested sites in Greenland
> will arrive prepared to collect and document any
> recoveries in the same way it is done in Antarctica,
> and thereby insure that any Greenland collection will
> have the same value to science as does the Antarctic
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