Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Month
(for the Month of July 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 28, 2011:
See Explanation.

Name of Nevada Meteorite: A 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. (There were other, better-quality images of this find in-situ, but they became corrupted and are now, unfortunately, unusable. This is another reason to take numerous in-situ images if you should find a meteorite. Also, I now carry more than one camera.)
Credit: All images taken by finder. Please request permission from this author before use.


This find was made on 2011 December 28th, which is less than 6 months ago (as of this writing), so there is very little that can be said about the classification for this 4.95gram Ordinary Chondrite. This was the third find made on that day, but more importantly, this is considered to be the seventh find from this locality. It is my contention that this fragment is too small as to "guess" at its probable classification. And until it is classified, this small specimen CANNOT be considered paired to any previous find. Also, it CANNOT be physically-paired to any of the previously discovered meteorites at this locality, because it is a whole individual. Granted, this stone was found broken in two pieces (separated by 2 meters), but these two halves physically-pair to form a "whole individual". This specimen is atypical from most of the other meteorites found at this locality (up to this point), because it appears to be covered in an even more fresh fusion-crust, when compared to the previous finds. This webpage will be updated after this specimen has been micro-probed and characterized.

Obviously, there will be much more written about this and the other 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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The previous Picture of the "Day" is HERE !

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