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    WELLS, THE RAREST OF ALL TEXAS METEORITES
    LL3.3, Chondrite
    Found 1985 near Wells, Texas, Identified 1996
    Total Known Weight 4,135 grams

    The incredible, February 15th, 2009, fireball over Waco, Texas caused a worldwide sensation with hundreds of global media outlets playing the video that a lucky reporter in Austin shot of the exploding fireball. Many meteorite hunters from all over the world rushed to the town of West, Texas when it was announced that pieces of the meteorite had been recovered, sparking a frenzied "Gold Rush" to find more of this extraterrestrial treasure.

    A real rarity was found, however, in 1985 by farmer P. M. Sherrill in his grain field near Wells, an exceptionally rare LL3 type meteorite. Indeed this meteorite has a petrologic grade, assigned by Dr. Alan Rubin at UCLA, of 3.3, tied with St. Mary's County meteorite as having the lowest petrologic grade ever found in the entire Western Hemisphere. This very low petrologic grade literally means that the Wells meteorite has been virtually unaltered since the formation of the Solar System. Wells represents a "time capsule", preserving the moments at the inception, 4.565 billion years ago, of our Solar System, and which, clearly tells scientists the composition and environment of the first celestial bodies to be formed. Wells also contains carbonaceous inclusions which sample the composition of the proto-star that would become our Sun. Indeed, Wells is possibly the most scientifically important meteorite to have ever been found in America! This specimen is a partial slice from the main mass of Wells which is still held in a private collection. Very few museums and collectors in the world possess a sample of this very rare meteorite which exhibits the beautiful circular cross-sections of the unaltered reddish-gray, green and brown chondrules in profusion, along with the dark black carbonaceous inclusions from the Proto-Sun, and the gray background matrix which samples the original gaseous nebula from which our Solar System formed. Measures 65 x 42 x 8 mm thick (2.5 x 1.6 x .3 inches) and weighs 47 grams and has fusion crust present around one third of the edge.


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    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
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