Wikipedia:WikiProject Geology/Meteorites

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The Meteorites task force is a group of editors who aim to improve Wikipedia's articles about Meteorites as part of WikiProject Geology and WikiProject Astronomy.

The articles in Category:Meteorites and its sub-categories have tended to be overlooked, falling as they do between geology and astronomy; the existence of this task force will keep them in view and help prevent future neglect.

Goals[edit]

To bring each of Wikipedia's articles on meteorites to at least "B-class", comprehensively covering all major aspects of the subject.

Achievements[edit]

Featured article[edit]

DYK[edit]

Article alerts[edit]

I added some information on the Guffey ungrouped iron meteorite (possible ataxite) to the Guffey, Colorado article. I don't know if this meteorite is notable enough to deserve its own article. It is the largest meteorite ever recovered in the US state of Colorado. I'm not particularly knowledgeable about meteorites, so I thought I would note it here and let someone run with it, if they chose. GeoGreg (talk) 17:30, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Hello. I've been working on the Polonnaruwa (meteorite)‎ article for a while, but it is not yet clear if the object is actually a meteorite. Additional expertise would be great. Cheers, BatteryIncluded (talk) 13:11, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Focus for the month[edit]

  • January 2013 - Create articles (or link to subsections of existing articles) for as many red links as possible, especially in the templates. List here.
  • December 2012 - WikiProject Geology's December collaboration was: improve articles in Category:Meteorites and its sub-categories.

Approach[edit]

Articles should present the subject in a way that is easy for a complete newcomer to understand, while retaining informative content to engage the more advanced reader. The usual Wikipedia standards apply:

Naming conventions[edit]

In work. See discussion at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Geology/Meteorites#Naming_convention_question.

Recommended meteorite classification scheme[edit]

Meteorite classification is a complex subject with a long history. Long story short, we need to choose one scheme and use it consistently across all articles, infoboxes and navboxes in the projects scope.

The recommended scheme is:

  • Based on Weisberg, McCoy, Krot 2006:
  • With additions of:
  • For IIF irons see:
  • Kracher, Alfred; Willis, John; Wasson, John T (31 May 1980). "Chemical classification of iron meteorites—IX. A new group (IIF), revision of IAB and IIICD, and data on 57 additional irons". Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 44 (6): 773–787. doi:10.1016/0016-7037(80)90259-8. 
  • For the new views on enstatite achondrites see:
  • Keil, Klaus (31 December 2009). "Enstatite achondrite meteorites (aubrites) and the histories of their asteroidal parent bodies". Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry 70 (4): 295–317. doi:10.1016/j.chemer.2010.02.002. 

Please familiarise yourself with it and use it whenever you edit one of "our" articles.

Task list / Worklist[edit]

You are welcome to tackle all or part of any of these; don't wait to be asked or granted permission.

Delete tasks you complete by editing the box below.

Notes[edit]

Stubs

The list of stubs is at Category:Meteorite stubs. A few remain in Category:Meteoroid stubs awaiting transfer by a bot in the new year. Only articles about objects which have impacted a planet are "ours"; objects still in the heavens are the responsibility of WikiProject Astronomy.

Commons

Work through Category:Meteorites on Wikimedia Commons looking for:

  • Illustrations for the 64 meteorite articles which lack them; see Category:Meteorite articles without images
  • Potential new meteorite articles or links to existing ones we don't yet know about
  • Potential new cultural item articles or links to existing ones we don't yet know about
  • Potential new meteorite people articles or links to existing ones we don't yet know about
  • Potential new strewn field articles (there are at least half a dozen strewn field maps scattered on there) or links to existing ones we don't yet know about
  • Anything else that pops out
Bot

Shepherd to completion the bot task listed at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Geology#Wikipedia:Bot_requests.23Meteorites.

Article assessment[edit]

Importance[edit]

Meteorites Taskforce Articles by importance (refresh)
 Top   High   Mid   Low   NA   ???  Total
4 40 66 192 115 3 420

This section describes a semi-automated way to determine the importance of each of "our" articles.

Using the Wikipedia Release Version tools on the Wikimedia Toolserver it is a simple task to generate a list of all articles in a Category sorted in any of several ways. To assess importance we sort by release version score, the last column in the toolserver generated lists (described here).

The following table gives a link to such a list for each Category of interest and the range of scores for articles of each importance value within that category. Before using the links, force an update of the toolserver data using the instructions at User:SelectionBot/Web/Guide#Update project data.

It may occasionally be necessary to adjust the ranges in the table so that breaks fall at reasonable places in the lists.

Category Low Medium High Top Last
checked
Outcome
Meteorites (13) - - - All 2013-01-04 OK
Meteorites by name (156) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
Meteorite minerals (43) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
People associated with meteorites (0) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
Meteorite organisations (7) 0-399 400-699 700 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
Meteoritics publications (4) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
Meteorite prizes (8) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
Meteorite subdivisions (1) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None OK
   Meteorite types (4) - - All - 2013-01-04 OK
   Meteorite clans (4) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
   Meteorite classes (7) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 Review with
User:Tobias1984
   Meteorite groups (20) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 Check again in a week
   Meteorite subgroups (0) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
   Meteorite grouplets (2) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 Review with
User:Tobias1984
   Meteorite structural classes (3) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
Meteorite mineralogy & petrology‎ (13) 0-299 300-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
Meteorite falls‎ (86) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
Meteorite hunting (2) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
Strewn field (meteorite) (32) 0-499 500-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK
Meteorites in culture‎ (7) 0-299 300-899 900 and above None 2013-01-04 OK

Note: If a particular article does not appear in one of the lists then check that it has "our" project banner on its talk page and is included in the list's category. Only articles with both these attributes correctly set will be listed. Articles may take a few hours to appear on the lists when newly assessed, reassessed, categorised or recategorised.

Quality (Class)[edit]

Featured article FA  A-Class article A   GA  B-Class article B  C-Class article C  Start-Class article Start  Stub-Class article Stub  Featured list FL   List   NA   ???  Total
1 0 0 11 49 149 78 0 14 118 0 420
Meteorites Taskforce  articles by quality     Refresh

We are aiming for all our articles to be "B-Class" or higher. According to Wikipedia:Version 1.0_Editorial Team/Release Version Criteria#Proposed quality standards this means that they are expected to be reasonably satisfactory for an ordinary reader. The following are minimum guidelines.

In no particular order, articles should:

  • be neutral point-of-view,
  • be reasonably clear,
  • be organized adequately,
  • have no known factual errors,
  • have appropriate categorization,
  • be adequate in scope and proportion,
  • use style consistently within the article,
  • be visually adequate (that is, not ugly),
  • use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation,
  • list at least one appropriate reference, source, further information item, or external link. A link fulfills this obligation only if it connects to a reputable source. Government, professional or education sites are reputable for this purpose. Any external links must also still be valid (that is, still connect to the intended material).
  • Pictures are recommended but normally not required. Exceptions may be made where especially relevant.

Participation[edit]

Everyone is encouraged to help with the tasks listed above. You may also wish to add this page to your watchlist to keep an eye on developments.

Anyone wishing to formally indicate their membership of the project should add their signature to the list below:

Resources[edit]

List here any generally useful resources that could be accessed when working on meteorite articles.

Notability guidelines[edit]

These are guidelines for notability of Meteoritics-related topics.

The general Wikipedia guidelines apply (and are well worth reading):

Meteorites

The following are likely to meet notability requirements:

Meteoriticists

Templates[edit]

Project banner[edit]

Place {{WikiProject Geology|class=|importance=|meteorite=Yes|meteorite-importance=}} onto any new article's talk page for it to be recognised and assessed by this task force.

An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters and helps organise relevant articles for improvement.

When assessed, the class and importance parameters are filled in, like this:

{{WikiProject Geology|class=Start|importance=Mid|meteorite=yes|meteorite-importance=High}}

and the banner looks like this:

WikiProject Geology / Meteorites  (Rated Start-class, Mid-importance)
WikiProject icon Wikipedia:WikiProject Geology/Meteorites is part of WikiProject Geology, an attempt at creating a standardized, informative, comprehensive and easy-to-use geology resource. If you would like to participate, you can choose to edit this article, or visit the project page for more information.
Start-Class article Start  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
 Mid  This page has been rated as Mid-importance on the project's importance scale.
Taskforce icon
This page is supported by the Meteorites task force (marked as High-importance).
 


Shortcuts: {{WikiProject Geology}}, {{WPGEOLOGY}}, {{WPGeology}}, {{WP Geology}}

The article is classified in the appropriate subcategories of Category:Meteorites.

For more information visit the WikiProject Geology assessment page: Wikipedia:WikiProject Geology/Assessment

Infobox meteorite[edit]

Place {{Infobox meteorite}} at the top of any article about a specific meteorite. Instructions for completing its fields are at Template:Infobox meteorite.

Infobox meteorite subdivison[edit]

Place {{Infobox meteorite subdivision}} at the top of any article about meteorite subdivisions (e.g. group, class, etc...) Template:Infobox meteorite subdivision.

Infobox mineral[edit]

Place {{Infobox mineral}} at the top of any article about a specific mineral. Instructions for completing its fields are at Template:Infobox mineral.

Infobox rock[edit]

Place {{Infobox rock}} at the top of any article about a specific rock type (not mineral) found within one or more meteorites. Instructions for completing its fields are at Template:Infobox rock.

Infobox person[edit]

Place {{Infobox person}} at the top of any article about a specific meteorite related person. Instructions for completing its fields are at Template:Infobox person.

Or: {{Infobox scientist}} for Meteoriticists.

Infobox organization[edit]

Place {{Infobox organization}} at the top of any article about a specific meteorite related organization. Instructions for completing its fields are at Template:Infobox organization.

Infobox journal[edit]

Place {{Infobox journal}} at the top of any article about a specific meteorite related journal. Instructions for completing its fields are at Template:Infobox journal.

Infobox award[edit]

Place {{Infobox award}} at the top of any article about a specific meteorite related prize or award. Instructions for completing its fields are at Template:Infobox award.

Meteorite-stub[edit]

Place {{Meteorite-stub}} at the bottom of stub articles. It should look like this:

Meteorites Navbox[edit]

Place {{Meteorites}} at the bottom of all meteorite articles. It should look like this: