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Some Australian meteorites

Caroline, Wednesday 27 September 2006

Today we went to the Western Australian Museum to visit Professor Alex Bevan. Alex is the Meteorite Curator there, though he used to do my job at the Natural History Museum.

During our visit we discussed the different aspects of our trip and Alex showed us around their meteorite vault. Although the Western Australian Museum has fewer different meteorites than we do at the Natural History Museum (they have about 200, we have about 2000), they do have some amazing samples and I was quite envious!

Caroline with the Mundrabilla meteorite © Caroline Smith

Caroline with the Mundrabilla meteorite © Gretchen Benedix

One of their star specimens in the Mundrabilla meteorite, which is so big that they have to keep it outside. It weighs 12.4 tonnes and you can see how big it is from these pictures that Gretchen and I took. That is the first time I have ever been able to sit on a meteorite!

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2 Responses to “Some Australian meteorites”

  1. Meteorites search blog » Blog Archive » Finding meteorites - Natural History Museum says:

    [...] We’ll take the meteorites to the Western Australia Museum, where Alex will give them numbers, then cut off a portion of each meteorite to send to the Natural History Museum where Caroline and I will classify them when we get back. [...]

  2. Meteorites search blog » Blog Archive » Home to Buckingham Palace - Natural History Museum says:

    [...] It was rather a quick return to civilization, partly because we had to get back in time for this royal event. We packed up all of our gear, put it in storage in Kalgoorlie, dropped off the meteorites with Alex Bevan at the Western Australia Museum and in a couple of days found ourselves once more at Heathrow, courtesy of British Airways’ conservation programme. [...]

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