Matteo and List, I was also curious about this "Canadian Meteorite". The U of Calgary meteorite page (http://www.geo.ucalgary.ca/cdnmeteorites/) does not mention Eagle Butte. Yet, there is an Eagle Butte crater in southern Alberta. Eagle Butte Alberta, Canada Lat. 49.70; Long: -110.58 Diam. (km): 19; Age (My): 65 +/- Sawatzky, H. B. ; Two probable late Cretaceous astroblemes in western Canada; Eagle Butte, Alberta and Dumas, Saskatchewan; Geophysics, v. 41n. 6, p. 1261-1271, 1976 I seriously doubt that these "iron meteorites" could survive since the late cretaceous unless very fortunate entombment (Lake Murray scenario) occurred after impact. Anyone else have any info? Cheers, Mike Tettenborn ----- Original Message ----- From: "Matteo Chinellato" <mcomemeteorite2000 at yahoo.it> To: "Meteoritecentral" <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2002 5:16 PM Subject: [meteorite-list] Someone of you knows this meteorite? > Hello all > > http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1068089590 > > I have look on Catalogue of Meteorites but I no have > find.....someone know? > Regards > > Matteo
I bought one of this guy's probable meteorwrongs; I figured what the heck? I could use another sample of meteorwrong. Funny thing is, now there is another guy selling "Eagle Butte meteorites" as well. Wonder how many people will start selling them now. Wonder how they're getting around the "non-export of Canadian meteorites" restrictions :-) Tracy Latimer
Hello all This is the answer from the dealer of this piece, after my question from where arrive this " meteorite": Hello! The fragments are form the Eagle Butte Astrobleme. They are also similar to those found from the Steen River impact of Northern Alberta. Here are some links you might find interesting to help you with their locations. Alberta Phanerozoic Tectonic Features Structures-including two impacts-formed in the last half-billion years, from the Alberta Geological Survey. http://geology.about.com/library/bl/maps/blalbertatecphan.htm Impact Sites - References (A-G) http://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/planets/impact2.htm Terrestrial Impact Crater Structures http://www.hawastsoc.org/solar/eng/crater.htm North America Impact Structures http://gdcinfo.agg.nrcan.gc.ca/crater/north_america_craters_e.html Best Regards Always, GeoPaleo Guy
hello all Then, this is a small reassumed of the situation: After my demand care greater information on the meteorite Eagle Butte, this personage has said to me that the meteorite had been found in the place described in the first email that I have sent to you. To my second answer, informing that it did not turn out in the Catalogue of Meteorites this meteorite and that ne I wanted to know more, the person has sended the first email to me: Hey, IDIOT! Are you telling me that the University of Calgary and a university in Miami not to mention myself (having a PhD in Geology/Paleontology and a BSc with a major in Astrophysics) are liars? I know this guy very well and have seen the meteorites first hand. They are genuine! ALSO, he does not require a permit to sell them, I talked to the government of Alberta for him to obtain all the necessary documents needed to sell, THERE WERE NONE REQUIRED! If you would like to contact them yourself, go ahead. As far as I am concerned if you do not stop contacting all of his buyers I will have you suspended from eBay. I have studied the area from which these meteorites were collected, if you knew what a map looked like you would see the astrobleme for yourself (considering you know what the hell an astrobleme is). If you know how to read coordinates the site is located at Lat.49.70, Long. 110.58 on the Alberta Geological Survey's Geological map of Alberta, you can find this map on the Alberta Geological Surveys Web site, I'd send you the link but I have no patients for people who speak before they think or RESEARCH!!!!! Another note, you addressed the e-mail you sent me "Dear Sir", well unless I've grown a p_nis in the time it's taken you to get your small minded theories on to an e-mail to irritate people you don't even know and make a complete ass out of yourself, I prefer to be called "Dr. or Ma'am". You have no idea how stupid you sound. These meteorites are for real so I suggest you get a life and find another hobby, maybe something you're good at, because you obviously can't tell genuine material from the empty space in your head. One more thing, IF it were illegal to sell these items on e-Bay, e-Bay would have sent notification of such, not only this but there are numerous Professors, Geologists, Paleontologists, etc., etc. who watch e-Bay like hawks to ensure that Alberta's protected resources are not being sold illegally over the internet. A good friend and collegue of mine has contacted this seller to let him know that he was not to sell some of his other items due to protectability under the Alberta Government, for example, dinosaur bones I believe you notably criticized as being 'cattle bones' (if my recollection serves me correctly). This seller has sent me numerous copies of your rediculous e-mails, I gave him all the information he needed to deal with your sorry _ss and now you're taking up my time. I write this letter not as a professional but as a friend, so please, don't go opening your big mouth to people you don't know, when you don't know what you are talking about; that is unless you enjoy making an _ss out of yourself. Do not try to contact me again, I WILL have you suspended from e-Bay for harassment of buyers and obstruction of a sellers auctions. Sincerely, T.L. Schimpf, PhD. BSc. To mine third demand for why this behavior, the kind Miss. has sent me the second email: EAT A D___ BUDDY!!! AND LEARN HOW TO SPEAK ENGLISH PROPERLY!!! OF COURSE "EAGLE 'BUTTON'" ISN'T A METEORITE, IT'S "EAGLE BUTTE" SH_T FOR BRAINS. STOP HARASSING ME YOU SICK-O. I will now be contacting e-Bay about you and you WILL be suspended. Are you hearing impaired or what because you sound worse than a two year old. Also, the Eagle "BUTTE" (not Button) Astrobleme is not a meteorite, it is the impact site of the meteorite. I really want to know what makes you so sure that this rock that my friend excavated is not a meteorite when he went through testing proceedures for over a year to make absolutely sure that's what it was. Not only that, but to sit on your pompas _ss and call me a liar. I am part of a highly elite team of experts that explores and excavates such rare finds. I sit on the board of trustee's at the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, AB. But you who thinks he is all enlightened are trying to tell me that I'm wrong when clearly my four year son has obviously obtained a higher IQ than you. You should really read your e-mails before you send them, you sound like you have down syndrome. tlc_asap PhD., BSc. To my demand to moderate the language otherwise I would have taken provisions in merit with ebay and listing to all meteorites with Eagle beginning found in the Catalogue of Meteorites asking where the Eagle Butte was found, the person sends me this email: For starters the Catalogue of Meteorites of the British Museum is also incorrect as I have 31 samples that have never been recorded in any books and are totally unclassified. If you rely all your sources in books, then there is your answer. You have a lot of nerve to contact me again and having others doing the same. You are a first class pr_ck. Stick to making lables, it seems you do not know jack about meteorites and their locations, only what the books tell you. Lighten up, I will be reporting to eBay again about your inflicting the rights of privacy from others. Stop contacting fellow friends and workers. I do not tollerate your kind.
In regard to the rather astonishingly crude and unprofessional emails Matteo has been receiving from the self-styled member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Tyrell Museum in Alberta, I sent a polite email to the Museum, explaining the situation in nonaccusatory terms, and asking about Dr. Schimpf's relationship, if any, to the institution. They have very kindly emailed me back, as follows. The response is not surprising, but gratifying to know. Hmmm, I just might have a few spare moments to write a little colorful email today....Matteo, what was that email address for "Dr." Schimpf, again?! (Anyone else?) Gregory ______________________________________________________________________________ Dear Mr. Wilson, In response to your recent email, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is not governed by a board of trustees. Our Cooperating Society, which is a non-profit organization which supports the operation of the Museum, is made up of a 10-member board. However, T.L. Schimpf is not one of its members - nor have we heard of this individual. The Royal Tyrrell Museum focuses on Alberta's palaeontological history and is not directly involved in the study or exhibition of meteorites. I hope this clears up any misunderstandings. Sincerely, Marty Eberth Media and Community Relations Royal Tyrrell Museum PO Box 7500 Drumheller, Alberta, Canada T0J 0Y0 ______________________________________________________________________________ ____ Dear good Museum folks, A person by the name of T.L. Schimpf has been defending the sale of an alleged Canadian "meteorite" on ebay, named "Eagle Butte". This meteorite name is not recognized by the Meteoritical Society, and potential buyers have been emailing this person accordingly, questioning the "meteorite's" authenticity. There have alledgedly been email responses from this Dr. Schimpf, who claims to be on your Museum's Board of Trustees, which have been threatening, obscene and astonishingly unprofessional. If this person is not associated with your Museum, and is merely dishonestly claiming to be, I think it's important that you know that someone is fraudulently representing you. And if this person does represent your Museum (and is doing such a poor job of it) and is knowingly endorsing the sale of a fraudulent meteorite, I would think you would want to know that, too. Either way, it appears your good Museum may have a problem. Those of us concerned are only interested in establishing the truth, so I welcome your comments. Thank you very much. Gregory Wilson I.M.C.A. #5877 2118 Wilshire Blvd #918 Santa Monica, CA 90403
That's an absolutely LOVELY letter. Short and to the point. I'd seriously consider sending a copy to Ebay/SafeHarbor. They probably won't do anything about it, but it would be another link in the chain of evidence against this yoyo. I just received my piece of the "Eagle Butte Meteorite" yesterday. By casual inspection, it looks like a piece of slag that had formed as a crust, then broken loose, almost rectangular and roughly the size or a pack of matches. Along the broken edges are small crystalline structures. I've never had the heart or enough samples of a metallic meteorite to fracture or smack one with a hammer; if you whacked a Sikhote hard enough to break it in one shot, would it show any type of crystal structure along the broken edge? Other than that, I'm pretty sure Eagle Butte (Button; I think I'm going to call it that from now on, thanks Matteo :-) is a bust. Tracy Latimer --learning in the School of Hard Knocks--
Hello All, As I was saying about a week ago I have few samples of this meteorite I have just gotten I am willing to send out. I should probley look up Wassen's e-mail and see if he is interseted in looking at them. If someone has it handy please send it to me and I will see what he thinks. Other then that I am meeting with my Universtiy next week and maybe I can test them in one of their labs. I'm really busy so I prefer to send them to Wasson...who is kinda the metal expert...:-) I would just do a simple nickle test....:-) Here is information that was giving to me a couple months ago form the first seller when they first started being sold. I think they are probley impactite but they look more like meteorite shale then the impactite in my collection. He has also printed a little information sheet with the ones I received...... Eagle Butte Alberta, Canada Lat. 49.70; Long: -110.58 Diam. (km): 19; Age (My): 65 +/-. The composition of the fragments are about 80%Fe and 20%Ni. Its between the Bearpaw and Oldman formations Cretaceous/Tertiary. I knew about the crater for years, but figured it was only an impact blast crater until I met the landowner who's property borders a part of the crater. I met him through my grandfather, they used to ranch together in the old days. He has had lots of people ask for permission to explore the crater, but he turns them away. Government and Geologists, Paleontologist's alike tried getting permission and were denied as well. I am one of the lucky ones I guess, I found several fragments small and large. Who says it's what you know to get anywhere in this world, It's who you know that will get you there. I am permitted to enter his property and explore and collect as I please. Not to many large fragments were found but there are some buried deeper. Detectors go wild there. There are probably 100 or more collectors who have the Eagle Butte specimens but only few sell them. I am probably the first in this part of Alberta to sell mine. It is an Iron meteorite crater though. All specimens are magnetic and quite heavy and others are heat glazed. I am purchasing a scale soon to measure their weights and try to sell more. Check out my auctions and see what you think. I can sell or trade some to you for a good deal if you interested. Keith Crawford Mark Bostick "The Big Collector"