Meteorites are in a sense the memory of our solar system. They are
composed of the same virgin materials that formed our sun and neighboring planets. Some exist in their original state, unchanged by
weathering, erosion, vulcanism and other planetary forces. Carbonaceous meteorites, minus the helium and hydrogen, are composed of the same elements and in the same proportions
as our sun. So by studying these remnants of exploded stars we can get unique insights into the orgins of our planet, our solar system, our universe.
For the most part I have collected fossils, rock and mineral all of my
life. My interest in meteorites has been recent, but has quickly moved to center stage. I am a native Kansan and was surprised to
discover that Kansas is second only to the state of Texas in recorded meteorite falls. That ranking is not soley do to agriculture
and cultivation as I first suspected, but rather the results of the efforts of one man, a one time professor of Biology at McPherson College, whose passion, persistence, and methodology in his search
for meteorites, would result in his becoming the most sucessful
and renowned meteorite collectors of the twentieth century. That man was Harvey Nininger.
Kansas Meteorites is a website, that presents information on meteorites, but as the name implies, focuses specificily on Kansas meteorites. The field of meteoritrics is very broad and international in scope and I felt my efforts would be the most effective, if I would narrow my scope to just Kansas meteorites.
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