[meteorite-list] Potential Ureilite

From: Matson, Rob D. <ROBERT.D.MATSON_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2014 18:33:36 +0000
Message-ID: <4A4FA25E4DFE584AA580F4F069F9B4401CD5C72B_at_EMP-EXMR104.corp.leidos.com>

Hi William,

First question: are you sure it's a meteorite? Very few meteorites scratch
glass, and those that do do so only weakly. Quartz, in contrast, will really
dig in to glass. I haven't tried it with a ureilite, but (as you surmise) the
polycrystalline nanodiamond content might be high enough that you could
scratch glass with a ureilite. --Rob

-----Original Message-----
From: meteorite-list-bounces at meteoritecentral.com [mailto:meteorite-list-bounces at meteoritecentral.com] On Behalf Of William Feek
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 8:58 AM
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Subject: [meteorite-list] Potential Ureilite

Hi All,

I have a 186g whole NWAX stone, thus it's unclassified, which I purchased solely because it looked like a Ureilite. The first thing I did was drop it in a jar of nitric to clean it up a bit, just kidding, actually the first thing was to see if it scratched a microscope slide, which it did with ease. Question, is my glass test grounds enough to feel pretty confident that the stone is a Ureilite?

Received on Tue 06 May 2014 02:33:36 PM PDT

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