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2004 September 30
2004 September 30
This small find is catching the afternoon sunlight in such a way as to mimic an asteroid, its most probable parent body.
Classification is still pending for this find - a Stony - Ordinary Chondrite
Although this 13.05 gram stone is most likely an equilibrated Ordinary Chondrite, other Nevada meteorites of much rarer classification were of a similar small size. A 6.1 gram find that is now known as "Bluewing 001" was classified as a one-of-a-kind Eucrite! The first fragment of a carbonaceous chondrite found in Nevada was only 1.13 grams! This led to the subsequent recovery of 186 grams more of this meteorite. This teaches us that the size of a meteorite find should in no way reflect upon its significance. Nevertheless, in some listings of Nevada meteorites, these very same meteorites were dismissed by being lumped into a group of "various small meteorite stones", and were even further denigrated by being termed "unconfirmed". The use of this term for meteorites that are cataloged in the Meteoritical Bulletin, regardless of their small size, is regrettable.
Bluewing 001 was originally shown on the 21 July 2003 web page of this NvMetPOD site.
If you "click" on the above image, it will open another image of this stony, an image which shows that weathered chondritic stones, when first found, can be in a variety of conditions and shades of color. The image shows that this stone originally had a purplish hue, that color disappeared when the lake bed dust was washed away. The subsequent image shows that the exterior is actually much darker - a nearly fresh-black, fusion crust.
A 1 centimeter cube-scale can be seen to the top-left of the stony in the in-situ image.
Meteorite-recovery efforts are still on-going at this locality. All new finds will be classified and cataloged, and will appear here in a future NvMetPOD!
(Scale: cube is 1cubic cm)
Authors & editors: Robert Verish (M-Recovery)