New England Meteoritical Services testing information.
The Testing Program, What we do.........
The service offered will make the initial determination if your sample is a meteorite, quickly and affordably. If it is a meteorite we will tell you the probable type and value.
All samples are returned.**
New England Meteoritical has been testing and preparing meteorite and geology samples for over 30 years at the university level, for research, museums, school systems, and the general public.
Full petrographic lab.
Comparative data base of over 2,000 meteoritical and mantle-related geology thin sections.
Specialized diamond blade cutting saws.
In short, we have decades of experience working with meteorites.
This is a meteorite testing and verification service. It is not a terrestrial mineral identification service.
If your sample is not a meteorite then we go no further into the terrestrial mineralogy. There are over 5300 Earth mineral species. To keep the testing cost affordable to all, the identification of terrestrial minerals is outside of the scope the service. We do give you an opinion as to what the sample is though. Note: we do not always make thin sections during the initial testing examination.
The odds of finding a meteorite are not in your favor. Unless you witness the fall of a meteorite, finding one is not easy. Most are found by people NOT looking for them.
Please note: You can spend a couple of hundred dollars with an analytical lab to do the elemental abundance and chemistry testing that some universities require before even looking at your sample. This is data generally needed for classification after verification. But if your sample is not a meteorite then you will save a lot of money and time in submitting the sample for verification first through this testing service to find out. You'll know within days and not months if your sample is a meteorite.
**All samples are returned. but if your samples are too large or heavy we may ask you for the return postage.