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Montana Mystery   contributed by Brian Moore   MetBul Link
 

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Brian writes:
Seen at the Montana Technical University Minerals Museum. The label says:
Iron Meteorite - This spectacular iron meteorite was found in southwest Montana by Mr. John Wilke. The specimen weights 15.1 kilograms (33.2 pounds) and displays the ablated surface (remaglypts)common to iron-nickel meteorites.
We 'found' this meteorite on display at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology Museum on the Montana Tech Campus in Butte Montana. This was during our trip to southern Idaho to meet up with Murray Paulson and his gang of Eclipse chasers. Oh and what an eclipse it was! This meteorite doesn't appear to be listed in the Meteoritical website. Is there a finders fee ?:)


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Anne Black
 9/21/2018 1:57:08 PM
The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology may have a XRF too.
Brian Moore
 9/21/2018 1:27:00 PM
Maybe Blaine Reed and his XRD could shed some "light" on elemental content without actually cutting the meteorite?
Anne Black
 9/21/2018 12:54:23 PM
Thank you Jason for the information, and Wisdom would be a good name for a meteorite. And yes Carleton it is a very nice not-black rock. ;-)
Jason Utas
 9/21/2018 12:25:11 PM
"New" iron. It was found sitting on the surface of the ground by John while he was out hunting deer near Wisdom, Montana. I met with John near Butte, in July of 2011. He and his wife wanted to see the meteorite kept intact. We offered to purchase it and put it on display UCLA, but they wanted it on display in Montana, where it was found, so they donated it to Montana Tech. As far as I know, there are no plans to cut and analyze it. Obverse shows good secondary crust / a late atmospheric break, so more should turn up at some point. I posted some more photos of the iron at meteoritegallery [dot] com [slash] montana
Carleton moore
 9/21/2018 10:04:36 AM
Very nice contribution . Better than just another black rock
Bernd Pauli
 9/21/2018 6:50:10 AM
Here are some Montana irons. Maybe it is one of them or part of one of them: Harlowton (IAB), Illinois Gulch (ATAX), Livingston (IIIAB), Lombard (IIAB), Roundup (IIIAB).
Graham
 9/21/2018 4:41:15 AM
That's a spectacular specimen...would be good to find out more about it...well worth researching.
 
 


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