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Prof. P.S. Goel
Chemistry Department


18th September, 1973:

Dr. Kurt. A. Fredriksson
Department of Mineral Sciences
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C. 20560

Dear Dr. Fredricksson:

I read your paper (with Noonan and Nelen) in Smithsonian Contributions No. 9 about Chemistry of Forest Vale meteorite. I was most impressed to see a large variation in total carbon contents of this meteorites.

We have been measuring nitrogen in a variety of objects (lunar samples, meteorites and tektites) by neutron activation analysis. In some chondrites we find large variations in the nitrogen contents of different samples taken from the same piece. We have also attempted sieve analysis but the results are not yet finalized. I-n some meteorites the dispersion is small.

Since large scatter in carbon values is established for Forest Vale, and since it is an object of lower petrological class, we would very much like to make a detailed study of nitrogen abundances in this chondrite. I shall be grateful if you can arrange to send about 10g sample to us for our work.

Kindly send the sample by air post and write "no commercial value" etc. on the carton. Please mail the sample to: 

Prof. P.S. Goel 
Chemistry Department 
Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur-208016, U.P. (India).

With best regards,

Yours sincerely,


Parma Goel

^[[We have 250 g 
[[flush?]] Mrs. Sydney
~> 20 kg]]

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