Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Day
(for the Month of November 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 17, 2009:
See Explanation.

Name of Nevada Meteorite: Name of meteorite is already provisionally 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 that it is an oriented stone. ("Click" on the above image for an image that depicts the "roll-over rim" in the fusion-crust of the this stone.)

I could go on to describe a scenario where this well-rounded, pebble-sized stony was easily transported by wave action to this intermediate shore-line, but there is no evidence that would rule-out that this fairly fresh chondrite could just as easily have landed at this very spot.

There have been 4 other oriented stones found at this locality and all of them appear to be paired to an earlier classified H5 find. Other chondrites have been found at this locality. These stones aren't oriented and they don't appear to be paired to the H5 oriented stones. This suggests that the H5 fall was a curious event in which oriented stones were preferrentially, or even, exclusively formed.

It has taken me over 6 years to find these 5 oriented stones, so suffice to say, more information will be forthcoming at a later time, 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)