Meteorite, Unclassified NWA, Chondrule-Rich Stone, 18g

Meteorite, Unclassified NWA, Chondrule-Rich Stone, 18g


This is a large, uncut, stony meteorite that weighs 18 grams. This stone displays well in several positions and has a natural patina of wind-polished desert varnish and some remnant fusion crust. There are many chondrules visible on the surface 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. 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 H or L type chondrite. Using the presence and density of chondrules as a gauge, I would estimate this specimen is a petrologic grade of 3 or 4 (H3, L4, 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.