A California cold find at the Blackhawk Landslide
Notice the flowlines across the top of the ridge down toward the broken end.
You can see the internal structure of the meteorite through the fusion crust.
There's a nice crater on the bottom from where a chondrule popped out. The bottom also shows the roll-over lip around the circumference and displays secondary fusion crust.
My friend Jim Wooddell cut the meteorite and had a thin section prepared for me. The inside looks very fresh.
Petrologic thin section for lab analysis.
On to the lab!
On February 7, 2014 I dropped off the thin section and type specimen donation at UCLA for classification. I knew I was in the right place when I saw all the backscattered electron meteorite images on the walls.
It is going to be classified by Dr. Alan Rubin. I'm glad the type specimen is going to reside in California.
More to come...
February 14, 2014 - The classification is done: H4 S2 W0 Fa20.9±0.2 (n=11) Fs17.9 Wo1.6 (n=10). Now to send it on to the Nomenclature Commitee to make it an "official meteorite".
April 10, 2014 - It's official! http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?code=59550