RE: [asa] meteorites in the geologic column

From: George Cooper <>
Date: Mon Sep 22 2008 - 11:23:53 EDT

Yes, though I would like to tweak it a little…


1) About 95% of all meteorites are stone type. But these deteriorate
quicker and they are much harder to notice since they look like normal
rocks. Also, these are not magnetic, so the simplest test (magnetic) for
meteorites does not work.


I suspect much of the confusion may have come from the Moon Dust argument. Petterson posited a
meteorite rate upon Earth of up to 15 million tons per year. Actual results
seem to be 18,000 to 25,000 tons per year. This later value equates to
about meter in 4.5 billion years for Earth. They also mention meteoritic
dust within strata, which should be found in all the strata and probably is.


Meteorites are becoming more interesting to many folks since there can be
big money offered for the larger meteorites found. Prices range from
about 20cents per gram to $500 per gram. Finding large number of
meteorites in quarries and coal mines might be a profitable way to refute
the original claim that they don’t exist in strata. J









From: [] On
Behalf Of Randy Isaac
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 9:02 AM
Subject: Re: [asa] meteorites in the geologic column


Very helpful, George. Thank you.

A summary of what I learned is:


1. Most meteors disintegrate in the atmosphere--the ones that survive to hit
the ground are usually iron or iron-rich, though a few stony ones also

2. The iron-rich meteorites quickly rust away, generally in a few dozen
years, unless they land in a desert or in ice.

3. A few rare stony meteorites have been found that were "fossilized" in the
sense of the minerals having been replaced by terrestrial minerals but the
shell still intact and discernible. Two of them date to 450 and 480 million
years. Very rare.

4. The oldest intact meteorite is the one you point out that was found in
Oklahoma and is 110 million years

5. Looking for remnants of meteorites is indeed like the proverbial needle
in a haystack: "every million short tons of coal should yield about 300
grams of recoverable magnetic macro-meteorites". Isn't that at or below the
ppb range?


Net: not a very good way to determine the age of the earth.



----- Original Message -----

From: George Cooper <>


Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 8:44 AM

Subject: RE: [asa] meteorites in the geologic column


[I see my rushed response didn’t answer your question. Sorry.]


Here is a paper addressing meteorites found within the Ordovician strata in
<> &PSL.145...31S


This site gives further information:


“The oldest intact meteorite [based on time on Earth] is the Lake Murray
iron. A single mass with a thick iron-shale was found in a gully in
Oklahoma, USA, in 1933. The meteorite was imbedded in some Antler Sandstone
dating from the Lower Cretaceous, suggesting that Lake Murray landed in a
near-shore, shallow sea, while these beds were being deposited about 110
million years ago.”


“Most meteorites weather away quite quickly in the oxidizing environment of
the Earth, while some meteorites may literally be observed as they rust
away. However, other meteorites fell at more fortuitous locations and were
preserved until this day, e.g. in the ice fields of Antarctica and in the
hot deserts of Africa. Some of them have been preserved for as long as
40,000 years or more. Indeed, there are some meteorites found to be much
older still - those that have been preserved in sediments or in other
geologic strata conducive to preservation, often referred to as "fossil


[I respect John McArthur on other things.]






From: [] On
Behalf Of Randy Isaac
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 2:47 PM
Subject: [asa] meteorites in the geologic column


This morning as I was scanning radio stations in the car, I came across John
MacArthur's "Grace to You" program.

Since Sept. 8 he has been doing a series on creation and today he was
talking about Day 3. No, I haven't gone back to listen to all those
segments. Reading the blurbs is enough of an indication of his message.


Today he brought up a YEC claim that I hadn't investigated myself and I
wondered if any of you had. His point was that if the meteor flux was
essentially constant over the geologic periods, then meteorites should be
found throughout the historical sedimentary rocks. Yet, he says, no
meteorites have ever been found other than at the surface. Hence, there was
no extended age of the universe prior to the flood when all the sedimentary
rock was deposited.


What is the actual distribution of meteorites with respect to location in
the strata?





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