Meteorite Endcut with Chondrules and Crust, 70g



This is an unclassified stony meteorite that weighs 70 grams. This specimen has been cut to reveal the interior matrix. The cut face shows a matrix filled with chondrules and metal flecks. The back side has remnant fusion crust and desert varnish. There is a large ~9mm chondrule pit on the cut face and one or two exposed large chondrules on the uncut side of the meteorite.

This meteorite was recovered from the Saharan Desert in the early 1990's and has resided in a single collection since it's sale now. I acquired this directly from the owner who bought it on an expedition to Morocco in the days just prior to the gold rush of so-called "NWA" meteorites. This stone is a higher quality than most of those recovered more recently. This specimen has a pleasing dark desert varnish and remnant fusion crust. It is uncut and has only been lightly cleaned with a soft brush to remove sand and dust. It could benefit from a better cleaning, but I don't like to disturb these stones too much during handling. So I will leave a final cleaning to the buyer.

Judging by appearances and magnetic attraction, this meteorite is likely a L or H type chondrite (L4, H4, etc).

Refer to the photos. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing the meteorite shown. Your purchase will include an ID label.