Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Day
(for the Month of August 2010)

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 July 9, 2009:
See Explanation.

Name of Nevada Meteorite: Name of meteorite is already APPROVED [Majuba] - 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 author. Please request permission before use.


This is an image of John Wolfe standing next to one of his "Majuba meteorite" finds. There are two fragments depicted in this image. Since these two fragments can "fit together", they are considered "physically-paired", and hence are considered "two pieces of one find" [317.3 grams]. The image depicts the exact position in which these fragments were found by John. These fragments were found as shown, right in the middle of an ATV trail. In fact, John was sitting on his ATV (taking a break from gold prospecting) when he spotted these fragments. Closer examination revealed that these two fragments had only recently broken apart from each other, and that it was entirely possible it had been driven-over recently by a vehicle. How this "Majuba meteorite" came to be in the middle of this trail, in the first place, is still a mystery. It is highly unlikely that this is the spot where the meteorite originally fell.
As a matter of fact, there is still a possibility that this fragment could be physically-paired to one of the earlier found masses of the "H4" Majuba 002 & Majuba 003 meteorites!

"Click" on the above image to see a close-up view of the meteorite, after it was "picked-up" (-- note that it is still close to the in-situ position.)

It has taken us over 7 additional years to find more stones from this chondritic fall, so suffice to say, this is an on-going recovery effort, and as this story developes, 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)