Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Month
(for the Month of May 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 March 31, 2011:
See Explanation.

Name of Nevada Meteorite: Very recent "cold-find"! Meaning, there is no provisional-name, let alone a classification.
Images by finder (author of this webpage).
Credit: All images taken by author. Please request permission from this author before use.


This "cold find" was made on 2011 March 31st (just a couple weeks ago), so there is very little that can be said about this 82.5 gram Ordinary Chondrite, other than it has had its fusion-crust sand-blasted away. My guess is that this is probably an equilibrated L-chondrite that has been sitting out in the open desert for many years.

I like this image because it shows how hard it is (at times) to spot these weathered chondritic meteorites, even when they are lying-out in the open on a dry lakebed surface. They tend to accumulate onto stranding-surfaces along with other similar-sized-masses (pebble gravel). Then after weathering and losing their fusion-crust, they tend to look like the other (igneous) rocks in the vicinity.

For Reference:

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

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The previous Picture of the "Day" is HERE !

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Authors & editors: Robert Verish (Meteorite-Recovery Lab)