Fernando Ramirez

The Rediscovery of the Old Woman Meteorite Site

Location: Geology 3656
Time: 2:30PM

In 1976, two young prospectors discovered the second largest North American meteorite, the 3-ton Old Woman iron (a large slab cut from the iron is exhibited on the north wall of the UCLA Meteorite Gallery). This discovery triggered a bureaucratic struggle for ownership and the find site was never properly documented. Ramirez will tell stories about searching for and finally finding the fall site as well as his continuing efforts to detect the impact site higher up on the mountain.