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.

 

Just Posted

Nelson city council takes e-bike tour of new development

Council has endorsed e-bikes as a means to reduce carbon emissions and support healthy lifestyles.

Black Press Kootenay Career Fair underway in Cranbrook

Today, Thursday, August 22, around 40 employers will be waiting to meet potential new employees

National trail group decries province’s plans for West Kootenay trail

Converting trail back to motorized use will harm its international reputation, says official

Creston’s Footlighters casting singing roles for White Christmas

Theatre troupe holding auditions for singing and speaking roles in upcoming musical

Cannings to pedal through South Okanagan — West Kootenay riding

MP leaves from Nakusp on Aug. 23 and ends in Kaleden on Aug. 29.

Trudeau vows to stand firm against ‘increasingly assertive’ China

China has accused Canada of meddling in its affairs

Kelly Ellard gets day parole extended for six more months

Ellard was convicted of killing 14-year-old Reena Virk in 1997

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

B.C. hockey player excited to join Humboldt Broncos

Defenceman Sebastien Archambault played last two seasons with Junior B Sicamous Eagles.

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

Police watchdog investigating two officers after Langley teen’s suspected overdose

According to IIO, two officers were deployed to help Carson Crimeni but did not locate him before he died

Huawei executive’s defence team alleges Canadians were ‘agents’ of the FBI

eng’s arrest at Vancouver’s airport has sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China

Trans Mountain gives contractors 30 days to get workers, supplies ready for pipeline

Crown corporation believes the expansion project could be in service by mid-2022

On vaccines, abortion, Goop, doctor Jen Gunter says: ‘I have a duty to speak up’

She speaks out on menstruation, the wellness industry and vaccines

Most Read