Superman better avoid Kansas

Superman better avoid Kansas

Superman better avoid Kansas

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July 3 2006 12:44 PM

Superman better avoid Kansas

I know Superman grew up in Kansas, but now we have indirect scientific evidence of it.

Last year, a man found the largest sample of a Pallasite meteorite ever (1400 pounds!) in Kiowa county, Kansas. Pallasites are not much to look at from the outside: generally rusty orange and brown lumps. But slice them open, and they are the gems of the meteorite world. They're woven through with iron in a web-like structure, and lodged in the interstices are crystals of olivine, greenish yellow and phenomenally beautiful when help up to the light.

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As it so happens, kryptonite is a pallasite. Coincidence?

Well, now it's come to my attention that the one meteorite found in Kansas isn't alone: there appears to be a strewn field of meteorites in Kansas. And they're all pallasites. Don Stimpson and Paul Ross, who found the meteorites, should be pretty happy since pallasites sell for quite a bit of money. Even small ones are commonly $5-10 per gram.

I have no idea how much Lex Luthor would pay for them. Given his history, probably nothing. But I'd keep them under constant guard.

Update: One of my favorite blogs, Thoughts from Kansas, has more info. Looks like there is a brewing storm over meteorites in Kansas.

Tip o' the Whipple Shield to P Z Myers at Pharyngula, who really should have emailed me this link.