[meteorite-list] Marissa's meteorite hunt - day 1 report

From: Michael Mulgrew <mikestang_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 14:33:17 -0700
Message-ID: <CAMseTy3H3A-ibFLJGHyz2+F8qumtps+J9CXGHV1ejFShzEBJ+g_at_mail.gmail.com>

Hello, List!

It will be a few days before all our pictures and stories make their
way to the web, but in the mean time I at least wanted to link you all
to the photos I tweeted from the field and provide a bit of narrative.
I'm not sure how well twitter supports direct links to photos, but
hopefully this will work:

Stewart Valley, Nevada. 30 minutes into the hunt and three people had
already found meteorites, most importantly was Marissa with her first!
 This picture shows Rogan documenting his find, and Marissa and Autumn
(Marissa's aide) checking out Marissa's find.

Marissa's first find, most probably a fragment of H6 chondrite.

Day 2, the California side of Stewart Valley. The forces that shaped
the valley are displayed in the rock layers behind her, some bending
all the way back on themselves.

Dinner after Day 2 hunt.

Day 3, bubble chair loaded and heading to Stump Spring DCA.

It was a gorgeous day in the desert, temp was about 80*F/27*C, and a
storm was playing in the mountains to our north. The rain would come
down the range in huge sheets, only to evaporate away over the open

Lots to look at out at Stump Spring; the rocks, the sky, the mountains...

To boldly go...
Over Marissa's right shoulder is the storm phenomena I described above.

After a few hours at Stump Spring we returned to StV to finish out Day 3.

Dinner back at the hotel, we brought all our finds (except Debbie's
two from day 1, they were in the hotel room, oops). Rogan's on the
left, Marissa's in the middle (her second find has fusion crust along
one edge, the fragments with crust are much less common at StV), mine
on the right.

I think Rogan may have posted some video on facebook already, but
since I don't use it I couldn't tell you anything else. :)

Happy hunting!
Michael in so. Cal.

On Mon, May 25, 2015 at 4:32 AM, Michael Mulgrew <mikestang at gmail.com> wrote:
> Good morning, list. I just got home (4am) and am off to bed, but
> wanted to share the final tally:
> Marissa: 2
> Debbie (aide): 2
> Rogan: 4
> Mike: 4
> It was an amazing trip, 2 dense collection areas in 3 days, many
> pictures and videos to follow. A lifetime of memories is the most
> rewarding "find".
> Zzzzzz
> Michael in so. Cal.
> On Sat, May 23, 2015 at 2:09 AM, Michael Mulgrew <mikestang at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello, list.
>> A quick update before I go to sleep, but our first day in the field
>> was a resounding success! We made it out to the playa a few hours
>> later than initially planned, but we managed to get in 4 hours of
>> hunting before the light failed up. Day 1 find totals are:
>> Marissa: 2 - Her first find came less than half an hour into the hunt!
>> Debbie (aide): 2
>> Rogan: 2
>> Mike: 3
>> Have an early start for day 2 tomorrow, more details and pictures to follow!
>> Michael in so. Cal.
Received on Mon 25 May 2015 05:33:17 PM PDT

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