Deport meteorite. Old iron from Texas. M1.49
The Deport meteorite was found in Red River County, Texas (USA) in 1926. It is an important old meteorite and one of the very first meteorites that Oscar Monnig cataloged for his collection. Deport is classified as an Iron, Coarse Octahedrite (IAB).
Blaine Reed and several others told the history of this meteorite and its labeling:
These important specimens are among the very first meteorites that Oscar Monnig cataloged for his collection. These were labeled by having a flat spot ground into them and then metal punches were used to apply their catalog number. These all were labeled in the same style as very early Nininger specimens; a number for the locality (number 1 in this case for Deport – the first locality entered into Monnig’s collection) followed by a letter for the order in which the specimen was cataloged starting with the letter A. The curators at TCU had no idea that Monnig had ever used such a system of recording and labeling until these pieces were discovered in a batch of what were supposed to be Odessa specimens. Inspection of their Deport specimens revealed though that they indeed had at least one similar labeled specimen. This was a 1158.7 gram Deport individual (now labeled M1.1, and considered the collections “first specimen”) that has the metal punched label 1B.
Certificate of authenticity included. IMCA 5591.
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