NWA 4502 9.9g


  • Meteorite Type: Stone (CV3)
  • Weight: 9.9 grams
  • Approximate Measurements: 49 mm x 33 mm x 3 mm
  • Additional Information: Found 2005, Algeria, Northwest Africa

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Carbonaceous chondrites are a rare and scientifically important group of stone meteorites. As Buseck and Hua stated so intriguingly in their 1993 paper: “They are nebular leftovers and thus invaluable recorders of some of the oldest and best kept secrets … of the solar system.” In other words, carbonaceous chondrite meteorites carry within them the last traces — sometimes in the form of tiny diamonds — of extremely ancient and long-vanished suns or planets that pre-dated our own solar system by billions of years. As such, carbonaceous chondrite meteorites contain the oldest materials that any human has ever encountered.

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