New England Meteoritical Services testing information.
What we do.........
The service offered will make the initial determination if your sample is a meteorite, quickly and affordably. Verification is the first step in the process leadiing to classification and registration.
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 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. 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 verification.
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 that will do the elemental abundance and chemistry testing (data needed for the many sub-group meteorite classifications). But if your sample is not meteoritical then you will save a lot of money in submitting the sample for verification first through this testing service to find out. If your sample is a meteorite then we will give you a referral to a university that can classify it.