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An MPOD Classic
from 28 August 2014

 
Morristown   contributed by Natural History Museum of Vienna   MetBul Link

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291.8 grams.   Mesosiderite-A3

TKW 16.3 kg. Fall not observed. Found 1887 in Tennessee, US.


About the Natural History Museum, Vienna:

It is the policy of the NHM to allow visitors to photograph the exhibits, but only for personal use. Pictures cannot be used for commercial purposes without written permission. Happily, the MPOD is in the personal use category.

Dr. Ludovic Ferriere is the Curator of the Meteorite Collection (since November 2018) and also the Curator of the Impactite Collection (since September 2019).

The museum is forbidden by law to sell any part of the collection and they have ceased trading, so they are dependent on donations of material and money to expand the collection. For more information:



Natural writes:
I visited the Vienna Natural History Museum (NHM) in May of this year. The NHM has the largest meteorite display in the world. I felt like a kid in a candy store when I entered the Hall of Meteorites :)

The Meteorite Hall has been completely revamped and provides a stunning experience. In conjunction with the re-opening of the Hall, the NHM published a book about its meteorite collection (photo 2). Naturally, it has lots of first-rate photos. Check it out here.

Dr. Ludovic Ferriere, the Curator of the Rock Collection and co-curator of the Meteorite Collection, was kind enough to give me a behind-the-scenes tour on a day when the museum was closed. He told me there are about 1,100 specimens of 650 different meteorites on exhibit, which represents 12% of the collection.

The museum is forbidden by law to sell any part of the collection and they have ceased trading, so they are dependent on donations of material and money to expand the collection. For more information:

It is the policy of the NHM to allow visitors to photograph the exhibits, but only for personal use. Pictures cannot be used for commercial purposes without written permission. The MPOD is in the personal use category so I am able to post some of the pictures I took, which I will do over the next several months.


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John Divelbiss
 8/28/2018 2:32:34 PM
really nice chunk of a famous mesosiderite. This looks like the remaining "island of California" once it splits off from the big one (earthquake). Carson City and Laughlin, NV would be beach fronts after this happens. :/
Michael Mulgrew
 8/28/2018 11:27:05 AM
It's shaped kinda like California!
 

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