Frass2 Meteorite

About the first of April I was contacted by one of the readers of MarsLife.com (I'll call him Ed to protect his identity) about a series of meteorite fragments that he had recovered on a friend's farm. These samples had been collected over a period of about five years.  The original piece of the meteorite was brought to him by a friend that owned the farm.  The rock had fallen on the farm.  Ed then gained permission to look for more pieces of the meteorite.  Over time, he was able to collect a number of samples that apparently came from two different falls that were near each other.  He was able to map out the path of the meteorites and find a fall pattern that indicated one or both had broken apart in the sky before it landed.  The largest piece (in the picture on the right) was broken off the "mother" piece shown on the left.  Most of the other pieces were found separately, but apparently are from the same "mother" meteorite.

After he sent me pictures of his meteorite, I asked if he could send me a sample.  The samples arrived mid May and I have had time to look at them through my microscope.  The rock and many of the pieces appear to me to be a sister rock to the Frass Meteorite, therefore, I've temporarily named it Frass2 to protect it's owner.  By all of my observations, this rock could have easily came from the same general location on Mars as the Frass Meteorite.  NASA thinks that all of their Mars rocks have come from a hand full (3 or 4) Martian asteroid impacts that caused material to be transported to Earth.  If this is true, then it would not be unusual for the Frass and the Frass2 to have common characteristics.

The most striking feature of the Frass2 is it's beautiful fusion crust.  Allan Treiman is the only "scientist" to examine the Frass Meteorite and he claimed that the Frass was not melted enough to be a meteorite.  The Frass is a very thin walled meteorite and handled the heat of entry into our atmosphere more like a space shuttle heat tile than a typical meteorite.  I believe it belongs to a new class of meteorite which are newly formed from planetary actions, like the lava of Mars.  The Frass2 also belongs to this class of meteorites, but it's fusion crust is unmistakable and undeniable.  My hope is that the fusion crust of this second surface rock from Mars will impress the meteoritic community and will compel them to study both the Frass and the Frass2.

The Frass2 is also characterized by a butterscotch colored sand that is contained within it's vesicles and on the surface.  Just as with the Frass, whatever material was on the outer surface is now melted as the fusion crust and in some places the sand itself is melted and presents a yellow fusion crust.  Most other places the fusion crust is a black in color, although other colors can be found.

The sand in the Frass2 vesicles contains the remains of what appears to be plants.  The appearance is very similar to items found in the Frass.  They appear to be unfossilized remains of roots or other plant or tree parts.  They are completely covered with the sandy material.  No dates have yet been taken on the Frass2 meteorite, but it seems older to me than the Frass, which has its oldest date of creation at 50 million years ago.

Another interesting feature we see in the Frass Meteorite and on Mars appears in the Frass2 also. This is the existence of red and black/grey rock.  In the Frass, I believe the red rock is actually older and has been in the presence of liquid water and that is what has oxidized the rock and made it red.  The grey rock in the Frass is much younger and doesn't seem to have been wet.  Here is the red black boundary layer in the Frass2.

The most interesting feature of the Frass2 is the existence of the same filaments as in the Frass Meteorite and as described and photographed by Morgellons people.  This is additional evidence that these creatures have been riding meteorites from Mars to Earth for a very long time and that they continue to this date. 

Additional pictures are below.  Click on any picture for a larger view.

      

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