Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Day
(for the Month of October 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 September 05, 2008:
See Explanation.

Name of Nevada Meteorite: PENDING - recently submitted for a NomComm-approved provisional name.
Image taken with permission of finder. (In this case, it's not exactly clear who is the finder :-)
Credit: Image taken by author.


Somewhere in the above image, there rests on that dry lakebed surface a 2.7 gram fusion-crusted, whole, ordinary chondrite! Can you find it? (Hint: look for the stone that's closest to the cube scale. If you need more clues, just "click" on the image.)

Originally, when I first took this shot, it was so that I could document an old pile of rocks that looked like they may have been intentionally placed on the playa to form a cairn or monument. Exactly why there was a monument placed here, I could only guess. But there was one thing I was certain. Between the light-colored cobbles of the monument there was a scattering of small, dark-colored MAGNETIC pebbles. I knew for certain that these "little black rocks" (LBRs) were dumped there much more recently than the granite cobbles.

Because I'm curious, when I find a pile of stones such as these, I usually check them out with a magnet. As I mentioned earlier, most of them were attracted to a magnet. But there was one small stone that was attracted to the magnet just a little bit more than the other pebbles. I pulled out my lens to get a closer look, but it wasn't until I washed off the clay that I could clearly see the fusion-crust.
When I first took this shot, it was intended to be just a picture of an old pile of rocks. But now, that image has become an "in-situ" depiction.

Being a recent find, there is very little information available that can be shared at this time.
More information will be forthcoming in future Nev Met POD. But for now, let's just wait and see if the "original finder" comes forward.

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)