Nelson resident Wendy Rivett with the two pieces of rock she says are meteorite. Rivett wants help identifying the unknown properties of her rocks.

Nelson woman wants help learning about meteorite

A Nelson woman is looking for help in trying to identify some of the elements in what she says is a chunk of meteor.

A Nelson woman is looking for help in trying to identify some of the elements in what she says is a chunk of meteor.

Wendy Rivett was visiting a friend in Sydney, Nova Scotia last July and was beachcombing just north of the city. It was then that she came across a rock about the size of a grapefruit.

“I knew it was a meteor right away,” said Rivett. “Where I was there was nothing there to compare it to and I have seen meteors on TV.”

Living in Montreal at the time, Rivett eventually took the two pieces of space rock (she found another little piece) to a friend who worked at a steel company. He ran tests that indicated the meteorite (what meteors are called once they hit earth) consisted of nickel, cobalt and other earthly elements. But some properties could not be identified.

She was told there was a meteor shower near Sydney the year before she found the rock in the water.

Now living back in Nelson after a three-year absence, Rivett wants to find out more about the rocks and is hoping somebody locally can help.

“I don’t want to sell it or anything like that because it’s a keepsake,” she said. “It came from the universe and I found it… there must be a reason for that.”

If you can help Rivett, email her at stpayette@gmail.com.

 

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