[meteorite-list] Why carbonaceous chondrites? (A "thank you" to Mr. Horejsi)
fcressy at prodigy.net
Sun Mar 10 11:49:08 EDT 2019
Martin does have a great way of describing meteorites. My favorite was his way of describing the Cumberland Falls aubrite comparing an individual stone to a bread loaf, writing that many were sliced up like loaves of bread, resembling not "the rectangular blocks we Americans call bread, but the wonderful cushions that flow from European bakeries." He continued the metaphor, writing that "the oven of the Earth's atmosphere baked the crust on the enstatite-rich achondrite to golden brown perfection" that covered a brecciated, snowy-white interior filled with exotic herbs of chondritic inclusions and metal flake.
His description certainly makes your mouth water. Maybe you'll soon obtain a slice of your own cosmic bread!
On Sunday, March 10, 2019 06:54:08 AM PDT, Michael Doran via Meteorite-list <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:
My friends often ask me "What got you interested in meteorites?" I honestly don't have a good answer to that question. I do, however, know precisely when and how I was inspired to focus on carbonaceous chondrites.
As a newbie to the hobby (cough, obsession), I was reading through back issues of Meteorite Times Magazine when inspiration struck. In a June 2011 article about Nogoya, a CM2, Martin Horejsi wrote:
"Gazing into a polished face of Nogoya is like staring into space
through a telescope. Everywhere you look there are interesting
features. Little galaxies, nebulas, constellations, planets, suns
and moons orbit the stone."
Up until that point, I'd considered CCs to be rather drab cousins to the bejeweled pallasites, sculptural irons, and multi-chondrule'd type 3 OCs. However as I looked at the accompanying photo in the article, I thought by gosh, he's absolutely right. How perfect is it that a window into the black interior of a CM2 meteorite can also be a window back out to the universe where it originated -- if only you have the imagination to see it. You may have to look a tiny bit deeper to see the beauty, but it's absolutely there. Anyway, that's what first hooked me on carbonaceous chondrites. Now I have my own CM2 specimen to gaze at in wonder. So, thank you, Mr. Horejsi!
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Fort Worth, TX
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