Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Month
(for the Month of July 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 29, 2011:
See Explanation.

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


This find was made on 2011 March 29th (just a couple months ago), so there is very little that can be said about this 7.5 gram Ordinary Chondrite. This is the second find made on that day. It is my contention that this fragment is probably an equilibrated H-chondrite, and that it is probably paired to one of the several other H-chondrites previously found at this locality. Although on the day that this find was made the weather was very cold, this is NOT a "cold-find".

I like this image because it reminds me that, sometimes, meteorites can be found just off of the dry-lakebed surface. This fragment was found about 100meters from the current shoreline, into a depositonal area that we call "hummock and swale" surface. It also shows how hard it is (at times) to spot these weathered chondritic meteorites, especially when they are lying half-buried in a "still wet" dry lakebed surface. Sometimes it is necessary to search a lakebed surface BEFORE it has dried in order to find the "just exhumed" meteorite fragments.

For Reference:

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

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