Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Month
(for the Month of April 2012)

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 December 27, 2011:
See Explanation.

Name of Nevada Meteorite: Very recent find! Meaning that, although there has been a provisional-name approved for this locality, there still has been no number assigned, and it still needs to be classified.
Image by author of this webpage.
Credit: All images taken by finder. Please request permission from this author before use.


This find was made on 2011 December 27th (just a little over 3 months ago), so there is very little that can be said about this 17.8 gram Ordinary Chondrite. This was my second find made on that day. It is my contention that this fragment is probably an unequilibrated L-chondrite, and that it is NOT physically-paired to any of the other L5 fragments previously discovered by Nola Lightheart and John Harrison at this locality. This specimen is atypical from the other fragments found at this locality (up to this point), because it has a different shape/color/size/ and internal texture compared to those previous finds. By "internal texture" I mean, that on broken surfaces that are exposed to terrestrial weathering, the chondrules stand-out in high relief from the matrix, because the groundmass appears to weather more quickly. This would not be possible if the chondrules and groundmass were equilibrated.

Obviously, there will be much more written about these fragments in the future, but in the meanwhile, this locality will continue to undergo an intensive and extensive search.

For Reference:
To Report a New Nevada Meteorite - Contact the Editor of the Bulletin, Laurence Garvie at lgarvie at
Or use Met. Soc. NomComm web form

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