Friday, May 23, 2014

Texas Meteors and Fossils

Texas is a great place to find meteors and fossils.  I know because I not only grew up here finding fossils and meteors, but also have lived in five other states and not found near as many.  Our students have brought in many meteors, but this is the largest one I’ve ever seen.  Iron meteors are a reddish-brown from the iron in them, and they are heavy and solid; it is almost like holding a steel ball.  The outside of the sphere is also usually smooth in places where it was polished by heat and friction as it passed into our atmosphere.

We are keeping this one for display at the end-of-the-year program, but after that, the young man who found it at his grandpa’s house gets to keep it.  We encourage every student to have their own science collection.