[meteorite-list] Illegal trade in Austrailian meteorites - unsubstantiated
From: Robert Verish <bolidechaser_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:48:14 2004
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telling you what was their reply.
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Subject: RE: Illegal trade in Austrailian meteorites -
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 20:07:27 -0000
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From: Robert Verish [mailto:bolidechaser_at_yahoo.com]
Sent: 30 October 2001 18:02
Subject: Illegal trade in Austrailian meteorites -
Contrary to your article, there have been no reported
cases of "Australian meteorite theft" or stolen
meteorites being sold on the current meteorite market.
The meteorite community would be very interested in
knowing of any "cases" should they exist or should
they occur in the future.
Now that would by newsworthy!
Anything less is heresay.
--- Story filed: 15:10 Sunday 28th October 2001 -----
Illegal trade in shooting stars falling to earth in
Shooting stars falling to earth in Australia are being
sold on by opportunists.
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 basically
Dealers often break meteorites into fragments, selling
the pieces for between £10 a gram and, in rare cases,
more than £21,000 a gram.
[Story filed: 15:10 Sunday 28th October 2001]
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