Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Day
(for the Month of October 2009)

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 May 16, 2009:
See Explanation.

Name of Nevada Meteorite: Name of meteorite is already formally APPROVED - recovery data has been submitted to the Nomenclature Committee for a NomComm-approved provisional NUMBER.
Image by Robert Verish (author of this webpage).
Credit: Image taken by finder. Please request permission before use.


The main thing to note about this find is - it shows that some localities will never be completely "hunted-out".
This locality has yielded many, many, MANY small fragments of a variety of chondrites. Even after nine years of being searched by dozens of meteorite hunters, there is always another fragment that is getting found. Each subsequent visit to this locality results in additional fragments being found. The best explanation for this seems to be involving a steady exhumation of the lakebed surface over time. Another explanation is that as the seasons come and go, certain areas of this dry lake appear to be getting covered with a silty sediment, while other neaby areas appear to be eroding away this same layer of silt, and in some cases, leaving a lag-gravel of pebbles. The most likely mode of transport would be wave action (caused by a strong wind blowing over a standing body of water) resulting in lakebed sediment being moved around over time, moving silt from one end of the lake to the other end.

This fragment is most likely paired to an earlier classified H6 find.
More information will be forthcoming, and at that time this Nev Met POD will be revised.

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)