Meteorites LAB

Meteorites Petrographic Services

Do you believe you're find a meteorite?

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Meteorites identification requires the performance of analyses on physical samples of the rock. Therefore, to adequately identify samples found of possible meteorites, it will be necessary to extract a fragment (at least 20 grams) and send it to the laboratory for analysis.

For this reason, on this page we leave you some basic instructions to access the laboratory service. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information.

The Petrographic Laboratory works on the supposed meteorites thin section elaboration, as well as authentic meteorites for their official classification or certification, and other geological materials (rocks, lavas, fossils, etc.) for your personal collection, whether you are a collector private, as a student or technician.

We offer a petrographic service for professionals, students and neophytes in the geological sciences.

Do not doubt that the best ally in the search for meteorites is the laboratory. In it all doubts are resolved, and that is that meteorites are rocks different from those of our planet, they speak their own language, and therefore they need to be analysed to identify their nature.

Many meteorites are very similar to terrestrial rocks, which makes them very difficult to identify with the naked eye.

WE DO NOT WORK ON THE IDENTIFICATION OF TERRESTRIAL MATERIALS. If the sample is NOT a meteorite, our services go no further.

To obtain all the information of the meteorite research program of our laboratory, you can send us an email requesting it, and we will send it to you in PDF without any commitment (spanish or english).

All the information on the fees, procedures, how to extract the samples, how they should be, how and where they should be sent, discounts, etc.

Our technical team is at your service to offer you all the information and advice you need. Feel free to contact us. We work with research centers of recognized international prestige, both European and American.

Petrography & Certification

We also offer a comprehensive service for the production of thin sections of materials for research, education and outreach.

Conservation and recovery of specimens in danger of deterioration, appraisal of the value of meteorites and museum advisory services in exhibitions and samples.

We have carried out the official classification of new meteorites and their registration in The Meteoritical Bulletin. Consult us the conditions required to carry out a procedure of this nature, the rates and other information, without any commitment.

At Geo Collection we have been working for the complete satisfaction of our customers since 2020 (previously since 2014).

LABORATORY SERVICES

Contact us to expand information on any of our services and request a quote without commitment.

Thin Sectioning

Elaboration of thin sections for petrography, of rocks, fossils and meteorites. batch discounts. 

Petrography

Petrographic analysis of rock samples, meteorites and suspect samples owned by the client. 

Meteorites Certification

Analysis and Certification of meteorites and suspicious samples of the client.

Official Classification

Registration in The Meteoritical Bulletin of new meteorites found by our clients.

How to send samples at the Lab?

Identifying, analyzing and certifying new meteorites requires analysis. Here are the basic steps for sending samples to the lab. Once the sample arrives at the laboratory, it will take some time (generally about 3 weeks) to carry out the analysis, although this time may vary, we ask for your patience. Request the Protocol with all the complete information, in PDF, where you will find all the laboratory conditions. 

Take note every information you have.

Information

Write down the data of your rock. Weight, place and date of discovery or purchase, if known, the coordinates. Any information that is known can be useful to enrich the laboratory report. Don't forget to take clear photos.

Single fragment samples if possible.

Sampling

Extract with a dremel if possible, a sample of about 20 grams. As much as possible in one piece. Wrap it in cotton and aluminum foil. If there are several samples, do not forget to number them. Write a data note for each.

Certify your shipment to ensure it.

Shipping

Prepare your sample and data in a package for shipment to the lab.

Contact to request the shipping address. info@geocoleccion.com 

Request the data for the payment.

Fees payment

Request bank information or PayPal for payment of laboratory fees. 

Fees 2022; You can choose which type of analysis you need. There are two options;

PETROGRAPHY; 54 €uros each sample.

XRF ANALYSIS; 120 €uros each sample.

Request information on batch discounts, and budget for your needs. 

How long does the study of a sample take?

This question is serious, and we are asked very often. The time it takes to complete the analysis of one or more samples will depend on several factors. Generally, it is usually completed within 15-21 days after receiving the sample. But if there is a backlog in the lab, it will queue up until it can be processed. The times are variable, and not conclusive.

In the case of classification processes, they can often be concluded between 60-90 days, however there are classifications that take years. It is important to be patient, since any news in the progress of the processes will be communicated to the client without delay at the time they occur. 

What is done with the sample?

Repository storage.

All positive samples (which is why complete parts are not allowed, only samples of them) will be deposited in the repository as a means of determining the documentation that is delivered to the client and that is extensible to the complete part that they have in their possession. These samples, devoid of commercial value, are the testimony of the legal validity of the documentation that will be issued after studying them.

What to do with your meteorites?

Collecting and selling are the solutions.

Your sample has been examined, it is a meteorite, what can you do now? There are two main possibilities; Collect it or sell it to other collectors.

Our recommendation will always be to collect it, since having a meteorite is something important. Not everyone has a real meteorite. Consider the option of officially classifying it. You can check conditions HERE.

On the other hand you can also sell it. We can advise you on the value, sales platforms, etc. We do not buy all the meteorites that are identified. Only once did we carry out an acquisition. The right thing to do is to resort to direct sales platforms and auctions. For this, the document that we attach to the analyses is the guarantee of authenticity in a market where fraud is increasing.

LEGAL NOTICE to all interested parties.

Sending samples to the laboratory is linked to these conditions.

Dear customer.

Thank you for your interest in the services of our laboratory. Please, before starting the procedure for the samples admission, read this agreement carefully, which with binding character, will be effective from the moment we receive the sample.

The admission of samples for study implies acceptance by the client of the clauses contained in this protocol in a contractual manner.  In this way we work to protect the quality of work, the interests of the client and the proper work development of the technical personnel involved.

Read the entire procedure and the information contained here in carefully, because it will be assumed that you have been informed and accept the conditions set forth therein.

The client accepts the results provided by the study of the samples that he sends us, whether it is a positive or negative result, avoiding the uttering of threats, insults and other no less unpleasant issues that may occur. We understand that it may not be in good taste to receive a negative report before a sample that is not a meteorite, but the results of the analysis will be decisive. The client always has the option of repeating the analysis (after paying the fees), or ordering it from another institution that he considers appropriate.

The client makes a donation of the submitted sample that is positive, which will remain archived in the laboratory’s repository, as the basis for the studies that will be carried out. Accept that part of the sample will be destroyed in the preparation of the sections and cuts that are required in the work.

These samples have no commercial value and are only stored for further studies and diriment analysis.

The personal data provided by the client in the procedure will be used only for the purpose of communicating the results obtained in the laboratory.

In accordance with Law 15/1999 of December 13, on the protection of personal data, these data will not be stored or shared, and will be permanently deleted upon completion of the assignment and communication of laboratory results. In its substitution only a serial number will remain that will identify the sample and the analysis, without any link or reference to customer data.

With these legal terms in mind and read, we thank you for your trust, and we invite you to know all the data and procedures set out below.
The identification of meteorites by petrographic techniques does not compromise that advanced techniques can vary sensibly or totally the appreciations obtained by petrography. The final official confirmation of the type of each meteorite must be given exclusively in the final classification process, where advanced nuclear techniques are used in the analyzes (geochemistry, isotopes, etc.). However, remember that even when a meteorite is classified with a specific type, it can undergo reclassification at any time, even when its typology has been made official at The Met. Bull.

We are working exclusively with astromaterials.  The terrestrial rocks are not relevant in the purposes of our services, the appraisals being merely indicative. In the analyzes that we will carry out, it will be determined whether or not the samples are meteorites, and in this case, what type. It is not the responsibility of this laboratory or our study protocol to know what types of terrestrial rocks they are.