[meteorite-list] NPA 11-12-1922 Odessa Meteorite Found Near "Blowout"
From: MARK BOSTICK <thebigcollector_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri Oct 1 13:37:47 2004
Paper: Mexia Evening News
City: Mexia, Texas
Date: November 12, 1922
SLICE OF A METEORITE FOUND NEAR, ODESSA ADDED TO ECONOMIC GEOLOGY COLLECTION
AT UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
AUSTIN, Nov. 14 - Among the recent additions in the collections of the
Bureau of Economics Geology in the University of Texas is a polished slice
of a meteorite found near Odessa and submitted by E. J. Wall, manager of the
Odessa Commercial Club.
The meteorite is new being described by Dr. George P. Merrill of the
National Museum of Washington, D.C., who is one of the highest authorities
on meteorites in America. In a description written to appear in the
American Journal of Science, Dr. Merrill says that this fragment of an iron
meteorite was brought to his attention by Dr. A.B. Bibbons, of Baltimore,
who stated that it was found by a ranchman at the west side of a blowout
about nine miles southwest of Odessa. He says that it was placed in his
hands as a possible sample of iron ore.
The fragment weighed 3120 grams and was said to be cut from a larger
mass, the size of which was not given. Exteriorly, the sample was much
weathered and oxidized, showing that it was no very recent fall. A slice of
the iron freed from all crust and oxidization products was analyzed, and the
analysis showed that the meteorite contained a little nickel, and some
cobalt. In addition to this, the sample contained small quantities of
copper, chromium, carbon, phospherous and sulphur.
The specimen will be listed in the collections of the Bureau of
Economic Geology. Up to this time approximately twenty meteorites have been
found in the state of Texas. The largest of these was acquired by the Field
Museum in Chicago. The Wichita County meteorite is the property of the
University of Texas.
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