Tulia (b), Nininger 1917 Texas Meteorite, Micromount

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The Tulia (b) meteorite find was first recovered by the legendary Dr. Harvey Nininger from a farm in Swisher County Texas in 1917. There was some confusion about whether or not this was part of a previous Tulia find, or if it represented a new meteorite from the same area. The question was eventually laid to rest in 1982 and it was acquired by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Tulia (b) is a L6 chondrite and it is one of four known meteorites found in the Tulia combined strewnfield.

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a small fragment like the one shown. Your purchase will include a labeled gemjar for safe storage.

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on Tulia (b) :


Name: TULIA (b)

Place of find: Swisher County, Texas, USA.

34°32'N., 101°42'W.

Date of find: 1917, recognized 1982

Class and type: Stone. Olivine-hypersthene chondrite (L6).

Number of individual

specimens: 2, plus others

Total weight: 2153 g, plus

Circumstances of find: Collected by H. Nininger in 1917 and obtained from him by the Field Museum, Chicago, in 1940. Found to be distinct from the Tulia originally reported as an H5 chondrite.

Source: E. Olsen, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Note: The original Tulia should now be called Tulia (a). Specimens in collec­tions labelled Tulia may be Tulia (b). Tulia (a) as described by C. Palache and J.T. Lonsdale, Am. J. Sci., 1927, 13, 353, has been reclassified as H3-4, A.L. Graham, priv. comm. 1982.