Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Day
(for the Month of June 2007)

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

Image taken around 2003 January:
See Explanation.

Name of Nevada Meteorite: NONE - an unreported find.
Image sent to me from finder, but have lost contact and have not heard from finder ever since.

Credit: Anonymous, taken by finder around 2003 January 6th.


The above image was sent to me by the finder (back in 2003). The finder can no longer be contacted. This image is nearly all that we have as a record of this Nevada meteorite find. This is just one example of how meteorite finds end up going unreported. Other examples of meteorites can end up "lost to science" are:
Accidental deletion of files and messages,
Hard drive "crash"
Finder changes email address,
Finder moves or loses meteorite
and many other reasons, but most could have been adverted if more prompt attention were given, or more frequent backing of files and data.

It is hoped that by posting this image, the finder will re-establish contact, and that this find can eventually be properly recorded.

[Note: This web page will be revised when the finder has reported this meteorite to the Nomenclature Committee (Nom Comm) of the Meteoritical Society.
{See "For Reference:" below}
You don't need to be a member of the Society in order to do this reporting. In fact, the Committee prefers that the finders, themselves, report each of their Nevada meteorite finds. The minimum information they require is 1) Date of find, 2) Mass of find, and 3) Location of find. With this minimal information you can then have a Provisional Name and/or Number assigned to your find. Yes, that's right. Your find doesn't need to be classified in order to get a Provisional name. The NomComm will keep this "information" and the Provisional Name strictly confidential, even after your meteorite is classified.]

(In "close-up" images, Scale is approximately 1 centimeter - cube scale)

For Reference:

UNREPORTED FINDS (WITHOUT NomCom "Provisional" names or numbers):

Meteorite finds (from North America) can now get "Provisional" names or numbers assigned to them.  
These are assigned by the Nomenclature Commmittee (NomComm) of the Meteoritical Society.  
In the past it wasn't always possible to get a "provisional" name, so in the future this may be subject to change.  
But for now, given the glut of meteorite finds and the long delay in getting classifications, it has been recognized that 
it is better to provisionally record a meteorite find (now) than it is to wait for ALL the required information (years later).  
And as is the current trend, given that there are so many more important meteorites being found and needing to be studied, 
it has been recognized that there are even that many more Ordinary Chondrite finds being made, but that they are going unrecorded, 
let alone unstudied.  So, in order to not lose this data, the NomComm is accepting recovery information directly from meteorite finders 
and issuing to them "provisional" names and/or numbers.
Clearly this policy is borrowed from the NWA provisional numbering process and is only intended to be a stop-gap measure 
until the glut of Ordinary Chondrite finds from North America subsides (if ever).   

So, if you have found a new Nevada meteorite and would like to report it and get a "provisional" name, or even easier, you have made a find from a known, formally named locality and would like to have a number issued, please contact the Editor of the Meteoritical Bulletin, Dr. Harold C. Connolly Jr

Would you like to see your image displayed here? Feel free to submit your image to the editor's email address below. Any and all submissions of Nevada meteorite images are welcome.

The next Picture of the "Day": will be next month.

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Authors & editors: Robert Verish (Meteorite-Recovery Lab)