[meteorite-list] Who will write the Saharan story?

From: dean bessey <deanbessey_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:48:13 2004
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<P>I am sure that numerous dealers and people involved have books planned. You are however jumping the gun a little. Remember, we are currently still in the middle of the "great turn of the century meteorite rush". At the present time we are witnessing history. Not just the sahara but other deserts to. A time when meteorites cost a small fraction of what they did just a few years earlier and after. A time when meteorites were so plentiful that nobody cared enough about them to bother to as much as get anything other than better classification ones classified - and even then often with difficulty. Originally my plan was to get one of each fall that passed through my hands classified - therby preserving a history of everything except the TKW. However, with the impossibility of classifying every common chondrite fall and with so much faking and witholding of information as everybody involved dont trust anybody else (And often with good reason to), the searching in often unsafe land,&nbsp;and with worries of gov
ernment interference, one often gets the feeling that there is not much point into trying to save information and to keep a record for future generations to study. </P>
<P>This is a time when meteorites seemed really common as we harness 40,000 years of history. People will soon remember the "good old days" that is likely only a couple years away when you could buy meteorites cheap and when researchers look for new types of meteorites to study. I am with you all the way. You bring up a very important idea. A record is needed and in the future a pretty decent record will be put together and the story behind it will be one of the best and most interesting stories in the history of meteorites. Remember that you are now a part of it. You are a part of it if you ever bought, sold, or even kept interested in desert meteorites and followed the story as it unfolded.&nbsp;You are now like a gold miner in california in the 1860s. 100 years later people are interested in reading about it. We are still facinated by the california gold rush.&nbsp;In the future people will care about those hapless, rejected desert rocks that so many people right now despise. And that can be bought for pr
ices that would have seemed impossible just a couple years ago. So dont worry.&nbsp; One day when you are old you will be telling your grandkids "I remember the good old days when gasoline and beer cost..........".</P>
<P>History will not forget the present.</P>
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;Hello all,
<DIV></DIV>&gt;We all know what a wonderful opportunity the Saharan finds have
<DIV></DIV>&gt;been to science as well as to the common collector. And I've heard
<DIV></DIV>&gt;some great tales of how dealers have purchased and brought many
<DIV></DIV>&gt;of these meteorites out of Africa. But what I'm most curious about
<DIV></DIV>&gt;is who is (or might be willing) to document the story of this
<DIV></DIV>&gt;meteorite 'gold rush'. There is precious little mentioned about
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Saharan meteorites in any recent English language book about the
<DIV></DIV>&gt;topic. Maybe it's my background as a photojournalist but I'd love to
<DIV></DIV>&gt;see a book documenting the desert nomads methods of finding
<DIV></DIV>&gt;meteorites, then selling his or her finds at market and with the
<DIV></DIV>&gt;money buying food and other essentials for the family. Then follow
<DIV></DIV>&gt;the meteorites from NWA territory through the hands of dealers
<DIV></DIV>&gt;who prepare them for Western markets. The book would be
<DIV></DIV>&gt;illustrated with numerous photos of people and meteorites -- the
<DIV></DIV>&gt;whole process. I think it would be a fascinating read as well as
<DIV></DIV>&gt;capture an event that is unique in our lifetimes and perhaps for
<DIV></DIV>&gt;lifetimes to come. I'll even volunteer to be the photographer ;-)
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Thanks for your thoughts on the matter.
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