Dr. Roy S. Clarke, Jr. Monitors the Cutting of the Old Woman Meteorite

ID: SIA2011-0736

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1978

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 416, Box 8, Folder: NMNH, Public Information Office, Records

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Summary

Dr. Roy S. Clarke, Jr., curator of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History meteorite collection, monitors the cutting the Old Woman Meteorite discovered in the Old Woman Mountains in the Needles Resource Area, San Bernardino County, California, a job that takes several months to complete. The bulk of the meteorite has a screen placed around it to protect it from the water and abrasive slurry used in the cutting process.

Subject

  • Clarke, Roy S., Jr
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Meteorites
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences
  • Old Woman Meteorite
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • In March 1978, the meteorite was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. for study and to be placed on exhibit. A 942 pound (427 kg) section was removed. The section was closely examined to determine its chemical composition, mineral distribution, and rare gas content. These examinations indicated that the Old Woman Meteorite may be rare because of an internal structure that appears to be transitional between two well-known types of metallic meteorites.
  • See Neg. SIA2011-0737 and SIA2011-2400 for other views of Clarke with the meteorite.
  • In September 1980, the Smithsonian sent most of the meteorite back to California to be placed on display at the Desert Discovery Center in Barstow.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 416, Box 8, Folder: NMNH, Public Information Office, Records

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1978

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No restrictions

Topic

  • Meteorites
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Specimens
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Meteors
  • Museum curators
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Object
  • Person, candid

ID Number

SIA2011-0736

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white ; Size: 10w x 8h ; Type of Image: Object; Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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