Meteorite Gallery Lecture

Sunday, October 28, 2018
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Geology Building - Room 3656

Discovery, recovery and disposition of the 3-ton Old Woman meteorite, the second largest meteorite found in the USA

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Lecture by Prof. John Wasson The Old Woman meteorite was discovered by prospectors in the Old Woman Mountains NE of 29 Palms. They filed a placer mining claim. They tried to sell it to the Smithsonian but a visit to the site showed it was on BLM land and the Smithsonian/BLM claimed it. Numerous lawsuits followed; these were followed by letters to the Smithsonian from the entire California congressional delegation, who demanded that the meteorite be exhibited in California. The Smithsonian yielded and it has been in the one-room BLM museum in Barstow since 1980.

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