Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Day
(for the Month of January 2011)

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 5, 2009:
See Explanation.

Name of Nevada Meteorite: Primm - The first fragment of this meteorite was found in 1997 by Nick Gessler and was classified by UCLA as an H5 chondrite.
Images of Monika E. Waiblinger (finder) by author.
Credit: All images taken by author. Please request permission from this author before use.


This is my image of Monika Waiblinger just after she made her 3rd meteorite find in just 2 days. This is her first find from Roach Dry Lake. It's my contention that this is a 30g fragment from the Primm meteorite.

I like this image because it shows how hard it is (at times) to spot these small, dark fragments of chondritic meteorites, even when they are lying on a dry lakebed surface of lighter-colored mud and silt. As can be seen in the image, if the surface has many cracks or is uneven, this will effectively hide small stones. This is particularly true when there is bright sunlight striking the ground at a low angle, producing a multiple of shadows.

"Click" on the above image to see a close-up view of the meteorite, after it was "picked-up"!
(-- Note: "Click" HERE to see another "close-up" image.)

For Reference:

The Editor of the Meteoritical Bulletin is, Dr. Michael K. Weisberg.

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)