Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Day

Discover the Solar System - right here in the Nevada desert! Each day a different image or photograph of a NEVADA meteorite will be featured, along with a brief explanation written by a meteorite-recovery expert.

2003 July 18
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Name of Nevada Meteorite: Bluewing #32 (Field ID#) - Actually, THIS is Nevada's 59th Meteorite Find
Credit: Image by Paul Gessler, taken May 2000 at his residence.

Explanation: Chronologically speaking, after the Beer Bottle Pass meteorite was found, the next 24 Nevada finds are all from Bluewing Flat, with another 10 more finds coming later, after the sole interruption by the initial 17 Tungsten Mountain finds on Feb. 28, 2000. All of these finds are made by one man, Paul Gessler, with the exception of a handful made by his father, Nick Gessler. All between October 28, 1999 to June 2000! A VERY remarkable feat in North American meteorite-recovery; a feat which may never be duplicated.
Today's "Picture" is of one of those finds, and was taken by the finder. It is an unclassified Ordinary Chondrite.
This particular specimen has pock-marks in the relict fusion crust that is interpreted as being voids from chondrules that were plucked during ablation (but very near the end of that event). This can only occur in meteorites with groundmasses that are not densely compact (not sure the term "friable" is accurate in this particular case).

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Next picture on Monday: Have a good weekend!

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