[meteorite-list] Illegal Trade In Meteorites In Australia
From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:48:14 2004
Illegal trade in shooting stars falling to earth in Australia
October 28, 2001
Shooting stars falling to earth in Australia are being sold on by
The rocks, often found on the Nullarbor Plain, can be worth up to 3,000
times their weight in gold.
Even though it is an offence to sell the meteors, hunters are not
deterred by the five year jail terms and massive fines.
All meteorites found in Australia are protected by the Federal Protection
of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act.
"They sell for big money these days and it is just too tempting for some
people," Vic Gostin, of Adelaide University, told news.com.au. "It's
Dealers often break meteorites into fragments, selling the pieces for
between £10 a gram and, in rare cases, more than £21,000 a gram.
Received on Sun 28 Oct 2001 10:08:39 PM PST