Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Day
(for the Month of December 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 October 19, 2008:
See Explanation.

Name of Nevada Meteorite: PENDING APPROVAL - proposed name has been submitted to the Nomenclature Committee for a NomComm-approved provisional name.
Image taken with permission of finder.
Credit: Image taken by author.


Since this is a recent find and it hasn't been cut, yet, (let alone analyzed) it would be just sheer speculation to guess at this meteorites probable classification, other than to say that it is a 290 gram weathered, ordinary chondrite. In the immediate area where this stone was found there were about 12 additional fragments found (app. 18 grams). The original stone was certainly over 300 grams in total weight.

Because of the harsh conditions specific to the spot where this find was made (harsh soil chemistry and harsh weather), this stony is experiencing an excellerated rate of weathering.
If you would like to see another in-situ image of this find, just "click" on the above image.)

Being a recent find, there is very little additional information that can be shared at this time.
More information will be forthcoming in future Nev Met POD.

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)