[meteorite-list] R: help me in understand analysis
From: Graham Ensor <graham.ensor_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2017 10:55:18 +0100
I'm afraid it works the other way round too Adam...you would have to have a
piece analysed by an expert to say what you are saying rather than just
look at the pieces to see and conclude what they are. Every single piece of
my lunar has been to the leading lab specializing in meteorites in the UK
and been recorded, weighed and analysed to show it is lunar. I have the
write up and science write up submitted for classification if you wish to
see it. It is likely part of this new bigger find this year and matches the
other material around that I see for what that is worth.
Which reputable dealers are you accusing of selling the lunar material you
think is not lunar by just looking at it? I'm sure you should pass that
information on to help the community.
On Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 1:33 AM, Adam Hupe via Meteorite-list <
meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:
> A lot of the garbage being sold as lunar meteorites by so-called reputable
> dealers will not even pass the fizz test.
> Collectors are being fleeced out of thousands of dollars by terrestrial
> limestone breccias, some of which can be found in the Atlas Mountains near
> an impact structure. I would avoid or ask for a refund on any material that
> fizzes on a cut surface! I remember seeing the same crustless, caliche-rich
> material offered up at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show several years ago
> for $50.00/gram. Now it is being offered on eBay and other venues due to a
> somewhat similar appearance to genuine Lunar meteorites. I do not know if
> refunds were given to those who purchase this terrestrial material in the
> past or not.
> This is but one example of why all stones suspected as being planetary
> should be formally tested and classified.
> If in doubt, throw it out or demand a refund.
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