[meteorite-list] Plainview, TX fall information wanted

From: Charlie <moonrock25_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:48:10 2004
Message-ID: <16563-3BC032A9-76_at_storefull-135.iap.bryant.webtv.net>

Martin wrote:

>I am looking for information about the
>suspected sort-of-witnessed fall of the
>Plainview, Texas meteorite.

Hello Martin and listmembers,

During the most recent thread on slickensides,
I inquired as to whether or not the 5th edition of the Catalog made note
of the fact that Plainview(1917) might be a 1903 witnessed fall.
I asked this because the specimen showing slickenside that I was dealing
with was an individual of Plainview(1917), and because, like yourself
Martin, I had also heard this story. Bernd kindly informed me that, no,
the 5th edition made no mention of this story. I have a few

1) Does anyone know how long ago the 1903 stone was identified as being
a specimen of Plainview(1917)?

2. When new information like this emerges, who, so to speak, picks up
the stone and runs with it? To the Meteoritical Society, that is.
If the 25 pound stone is a specimen of Plainview(1917), does this fact
in conjunction with witness statements(?) re a 1903 fall warrant a
change by the Nomenclature Com(?) from find to fall? I'm guessing the
ranch workers must all be in their graves by now.

3. The 4th edition of the Catalog notes that the Death Valley stone has
been assigned to this fall. Does anyone know where this stone was
found? Surely not Death Valley, California?!

Martin, I've always preferred falls to finds. I know you must be working
hard on resolving the questions now surrounding Plainview(1917)
I wish you all the luck and please keep us informed if you turn up any
new leads!

Best wishes,
Charlie Devine
Received on Sun 07 Oct 2001 06:47:05 AM PDT

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