[meteorite-list] dis-oriented

From: Darren Garrison <cynapse_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun Dec 5 23:31:44 2004
Message-ID: <6nm7r05kui54bdol3j0i6gvgpjohf11h1p_at_4ax.com>

I also hae a questions that involves oriented meteorites-- or more generally the dynamics of meteor
travel through the atmosphere.

Is there any research done on the amount of time/distance during which a meteor is ablating
material? It would depend, I would assume, on speed and angle of entry, but just a general idea?

Also, the minimum size a meteor must be to survive to hit the ground, and minimum size at which a
meteor will shatter/explode in the atmosphere? (Again, I'm aware that it would differ for different
classes of meteor, but just a general idea).

Also, a minimum size that a meteor could exist as a "gravel" of smaller stones held together rather
than be a single piece?

I ask because I have just recieved a 23 gram NWA 869 piece that I think has to be a broken oriented
stone: one side is smooth and flat, one side is smooth and rounded. If you imagine the curve of the
smooth, rounded part to continue, it would form a stone that would look like the large oriented
stone Michael Farmer has up for auction right now, except that this one would be only around 3
inches across. The other side is shapless but smoothed by a lighter colored, thinner fusion crust.

So this stone has had time to become oriented, then break, then have the broken edge form a thinner
fusion crust before it stopped being hot enough to ablate. And this after the parent meteor itself
has had to shatter into smaller pieces, assuming that it was a single stone instead of a cluster.

Here is an animated gif of the stone:


Any insights or opinions are wanted. Also, anyone happen to have anything that might be a candidate
for another piece of this broken piece?
Received on Sun 05 Dec 2004 11:31:44 PM PST

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