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Friday, 1 October 2010

Meteorites in Maine Web Page (Maine Geological Survey)

Meteorites in Maine Web Page (Maine Geological Survey)
Friday, October 1, 2010 12:00 PM


by Paul H.
 
The web page that the Maine Geological Survey has on Maine meteorites is "Meteorites in Maine: Is the sky falling???" at:

http://www.maine.gov/doc/nrimc/mgs/explore/minerals/sites/mar99.htm
This web page states:
"Though many meteorites probably have landed in Maine, only 5 have been found and authenticated and described in the scientific literature, and portions of each are preserved in museum collections."
Nowhere in this web page is there any mention of meteorites being found by lobstermen as described in previous posts, which started with:
http://six.pairlist.net/pipermail/meteorite-list/2010-September/069269.html

I am a little skeptical of such finds without seeing some documentation because last year, a person call me and another geologist to tell us that he had hauled up a 3-foot in diameter "meteorite" from the bottom of the the Gulf of Mexico off of Terrebonne Island, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana while fishing. Anyway he brought over to my office in the back of his minivan. It turned out to be a well rounded boulder of granite gneiss. I still wonder how a 3-foot in diameter nicely rounded boulder of granite gneiss ended up on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
Best wishes,
Paul

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