[meteorite-list] CONSERVATION of Meteorites once collected.
From: David Freeman <dfreeman_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 10:31:25 2004
Dear Nick, List:
MY BAD, I read the post in the wrong direction. "Preservation against
meteorite physical degradation" is rather a long term albeit exacting
"Stopping Lawrencite in its tracks", or "Preventing the ooze blues" are
Oh do not weep for me my Nantan,
Nicholas Gessler wrote:
> Hey Folks,
> There seems to be a HUGE misunderstanding on this list about the term
> I am referring to the term "conservation" in the museum context.
> I thought that was clear when I mentioned conserving archeological and
> ethnographic items.
> I thought that was clear when I mentioned the Getty and Canadian
> Conservation Institutes.
> I thought that was clear when I mentioned conservation "techniques."
> I am talking about museum conservation: "how to keep meteorites from
> decaying, how to remove rust, once they've been collected."
> The general ethic in museum conservation is that the process should be
> reversible, hence the term "conservation."
> The term "preservation" is less favored since embedding in some
> epoxies and other treatments is irreversible.
> I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT GOVERNMENTAL POLICY ON THE OWNERSHIP OF
> As a searcher and finder of meteorites, I am for LESS governmental
> In fact I would argue that in most cases, governmental interference
> inhibits scientific studies.
> Exceptions very likely would be Antarctica, etc...
> OK - NOW CAN WE TALK ABOUT CONSERVING THE METEORITES THEMSELVES?
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