James Tobin

James Tobin

The Meteorite Exchange, Inc. was born in 1996 with meteorite.com and still enthusiastic about meteorites and all things related to them, we hunt, collect, cut and prepare specimens. We travel to gem shows and enjoy meteorites as much now as in the beginning. Please feel free to share any comments you have on this or any of our other sites.

Are meteorites what really killed off the Dinosaurs?

Are meteorites what really killed off the Dinosaurs?

A few years ago it seemed that the debate over what caused the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period had been resolved when the meteorite impact site off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula was found. But, soon there was debate again about the exact timing of the extinction. There is new […]

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Another Meteorite Fall

Another Meteorite Fall

This has been an exciting year filled with meteorite falls. It appears that there has been another one. The experts are studying the Doppler radar now to pinpoint the location north of Houston, Texas where fragments of this latest cosmic visitor may have landed. Without a doubt once the spot is determined meteorite hunters will […]

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Chondrules Galore

Chondrules Galore

To me nothing quite beats for beauty and interest a slice of a primitive chondrite. I could look at type 3 chondrites for hours. Meteorites like Ragland, Semarkona, and Begga they just hit the spot for me. Close behind are a few Carbonaceous Chondrites for example Axtell, Allende, and others like one that I got […]

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Nevada Meteorite Hunting Vacation

Nevada Meteorite Hunting Vacation

Paul and Alan drove up at about 5:45 AM and we headed off for Tonopah, Nevada. It was great to see Alan. He moved up to Washington state a number of years ago and we had only seen him a few times over the years since. We had hunted with him many time before he […]

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What Equipment To Take Meteorite Hunting

What Equipment To Take Meteorite Hunting

As I write this we are getting ready for another trip to the desert to hunt meteorites. That’s pretty good for us. Paul and I have been lucky the last few years to get out once a year for a day let alone two trips for several days in six months like we have recently. […]

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Meteorite Paper

Meteorite Paper

This month I go about as far-a-field as I ever have. For a few years now I have been finding creative ways to use the dust from meteorites that accumulates in the bottom of the saws and lap. Thus far I have made inks, paints, glazes for ceramic pieces and fired it onto glass. This […]

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Franconia Meteorite Hunting Vacation

Franconia Meteorite Hunting Vacation

Life has a way of being cyclical. A few years ago I was able to get out of town to the local astronomy hotspot ever new moon weekend. Then I was not able to go at all. For a few years Paul and I were able to go hunting for meteorites regularly, then we were […]

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Mars Meteorites Revisited

Mars Meteorites Revisited

With the Phoenix probe now on Mars digging and cooking away it seemed appropriate to write something on Martian meteorites this month. It has been decades since specimens of Mars were analyzed the way they are now by Phoenix. As meteorite collectors we have a debt to the Viking missions. I remember not so many […]

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Muong Nong Tektite Revisited

Muong Nong Tektite Revisited

Over the years we have hit this topic a few times, but I thought that it was about time to revisit Muong Nong Layered Tektites. I am sitting around a couple hundred kilos of the material all the time at home and yet don’t write about it much. If tektites themselves are mysterious then the […]

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KT Micro Tektites

KT Micro Tektites

I was reading some garbage that a seller of fake meteorites had created to pass his piece of ordinary rock off as a meteorite. He went on and on about all the history of it and how it was the only piece like it on earth. All the normal con man stuff we see too […]

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