Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Day
(for the Month of July 2008)

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 June 12, 2005:
See Explanation.

Name of Nevada Meteorite: PENDING - recently submitted for a NomComm-approved provisional name.
Image taken with permission of finder.
Credit: Image taken by author.


In-situ, rests a 20 gram fusion-crusted, whole, chondritic stone! This Nevada meteorite is a "cold find" (a new locality).

Just recently, some additional stones have been recovered. What makes that fact significant is that it has taken 3 years to make these subsequent finds. This should not be considered an unusually long time between first and second find. There are a number of factors that can influence the rate of meteorite-recovery. Localized flooding and deflation are just two "natural" variables that can alter the desert surface by adding or removing overburden. It has been my observation over the past ten years that some desert surfaces undergo relatively short-term cyclic variations that can cause aggradation in one season, and degradation of that same surface the next season.
The area where these later finds were made was already searched at least once. But they were still buried at that time. It probably took all of this intervening time for these later finds to be exhumed (or re-exhumed, as is more often the case). The point being made here is that a period of several years may be necessary in order to conduct a "proper" recovery effort at a new find locality.
More information will be forthcoming. But for now, this finder and his fellow team members are still busy searching for any more siblings from this asteroidal parent body.

For Reference:

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 
provisional number issued, 
you can contact the Editor of the Meteoritical Bulletin, Dr. Michael K. Weisberg
for more information.

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 previous Picture of the "Day" is HERE !

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