[meteorite-list] Glen L. Evans _at_ Odessa
From: Don Giovanni <grigaro_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2010 00:30:51 -1000
Odessa meteor crater expert dies
August 06, 2010 5:01 AM
Glen L. Evans, a prominent geologist who was in charge of
exploration of the Odessa Meteor Crater from 1939 to 1941, died
He completed a publication in 2000 with Charles "Gene" Mear titled,
"The Odessa meteor craters and their geological implications" in
the "Occasional Papers of the Strecker Museum, No. 5" at Baylor
Tom Rodman, an Odessa Meteor Crater volunteer whose family once
owned the site, said he first met Evans in 1963 when the first
museum for the meteor crater opened.
"He came out and gave a talk at our first museum, and he kept
visiting throughout the years he was working on his paper," Rodman
said. "We bought all of Glen Evans? copies of the paper. We kind of
have a monopoly over them, and we still sell the item."
Rodman said Evans? thoroughness and patience ensured that the job
was always done right.
"His research opened everybody?s eyes to the fact that the big
meteorite will not survive impact. It?s so big that it vaporizes
itself. Sometimes, the speed is so great that at 40,000 mph, air
becomes like a brick wall," Rodman said. "They did not know that
when they dug that 165-foot shaft and didn?t find the meteorite."
Memorial services are at 7 p.m. today at the Lady Bird Johnson
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., in Austin.
Evans was born in Clay County and began attending the University of
Texas in Austin in 1934. After graduation, Evans worked as a field
geologist with the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT. In 1953, Evans
joined the geology staff at Louisiana Land and Exploration,
prompting him to relocate frequently between Austin, Midland and
Calgary before heading to Denver and retiring as director of
Minerals Division of LL&E in the early 1970s.
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