Stones constitute the largest group of meteorites. They originated in the outer crust of a planet or asteroid. Recently-fallen stone meteorites are covered by a thin, black rind known as fusion crust, which forms as the rock’s surface is burned during flight. Fusion crust is fragile and deteriorates easily, so stone meteorites that have been on the surface of our planet for a long time have a similar appearance to Earth rocks. Visible inside most stone meteorites are tiny, glassy, spheres known as chondrules. Forged at the very dawn of the Solar System, these chondrules are far older than our own planet. Some stone meteorites, known as carbonaceous chondrites, have been found to contain water, salt, and even amino acids. In the distant past, these meteorites may have carried the very building blocks of life to Earth.
Our catalog of stone meteorites for sale is presented here, in alphabetical order. Click on any image for additional photographs. All specimens are fully guaranteed and we pride ourselves on outstanding customer service. Please contact us directly with questions.
Ordinary chondrite L3, Witnessed fall in Oyo, Nigeria, April 19, 2018
History: On the afternoon of 19 April 2018, a large fireball detonated over the Nigerian state of Oyo. This fireball was recorded by NASAs Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) as event 2018-04-19 14:02:27. The meteoroid entered at 20.9 km/s and detonated at an altitude of 30 km at 7.5’N, 3.6’E releasing a calculated total impact energy of 0.23 kt. Many stones fell between the villages of Ipapo (8°7’50.84″N, 3°30’34.58″E) and Tede to the north (8°33’21.49″N, 3°26’46.31″E). Stones were collected at multiple locations. The meteorite is named for the village of Aba Panu near the center of the strewn-field: multiple kg-sized stones were found in and around this village. Current total known weight is near 160 kg – as per the Meteoritical Bulletin.
A wave of mad excitement tore through the meteorite community of researchers and collectors alike, when news arrived of the Costa Rican fall that would be named Aguas Zarcas (“clear and pure water” in Spanish). A significant fireball traveling from the northwest to the southeast, shortly after 9 pm on April 23, 2019 was seen by many witnesses and recorded on cameras belonging to the National Seismological Network. Fireballs that produce new meteorites on Earth are always big news, but not since 1969 had there been a comparable event. It was not the size of the fireball, or the number of stones that fell which generated almost unprecedented excitement, but the type of meteorite — and extremely rare carbonaceous chondrite classified as an Anomalous-CM2. Meaning it rich in organic compounds and water!
In 1969, a CM2 known as Murchison fell in Victoria, Australia and so the Aguas Zarcas fall was immediately compared to this event. Murchison is a highly desirable meteorite very rarely seen on the collectors market and a subject of great scrutiny and interest for researchers. CM2 meteorites contain water and organic compounds and it has been widely theorized that this type of meteorite may have brought water, carbon, amino acids and other materials to Earth, during our planet’s distant past. It is possible that meteorites similar to this CM2 were, therefore, responsibly, or partially responsible, for carring life-generating elements and compounds to Earth. A later statement from the Center for Meteorite Studies at ASU, Tempe noted that although, Aguas Zarcas presents initial similarities to Murchison, it is actually quite distinct.
One of our colleagues journeyed immediately to the fall site and was fortunate enough to recover numerous quality pieces very shortly after their fall. Meteorites have existed in a cold vacuum for, perhaps, millions or billions of years and they begin to react to Earth’s moist, oxygen-rich atmosphere as soon as they arrive. Recently-recovered pieces are more valuable to scientists and exhibit pristine features that are desirable to the collector. The Aguas Zarca fall produced primarily small stones, the majority of which were unbroken; a rare occurrence due to the violence effects experienced by most meteorites as they blast through Earth’s atmosphere. Meteoriticists noted the stone’s high degree of brecciation. Some stones exhibit clasts with abundant chondrules. Some spacimens are rich in nickel-iron and will adhere to a magnet, while others show no attraction. The variation in these specimens is a reflection of the heterogeneity of the parent body, caused by pummeling and reaccreation of other asteroidal material as it hurtled through space.
CM2s are extremely rare an represent approximately 0.8% of all known meteorites. Of those, only 17 are recorded in the database as being witnessed falls and those are notoriously difficult for the collector to acquire. The Aguas Zarcas fall was a boon to scientists — one notable meteorite researched said it was the “most important fall in 100 years” — and collectors, who dream of acquiring an example.
Full slices show a charcoal-grey matrix with an intoxicating dusting of delicate, light-colored ancient chondrules — survivors from the very dawn of our solar system. The exterior edges shows some original fusion crust. Extremely rare, desirable, and scientifically extraordinary.
Carbonaceous chondrite CV3.2, Witnessed fall in Chihuahua, Mexico, February 8, 1969
Often described as “the most studied meteorite in history,” Allende is one of the most fascinating and desirable space rocks available to collectors. It is a very rare witnessed fall carbonaceous chondrite and its massive nighttime fireball was seen by hundreds of people in rural Mexico in 1969. Many pieces were picked up by locals the next morning and acquired by Dr. Elbert King who designated NASA’s Lunar Receiving Lab from the Apollo Era. Allende contains carbon and microscopic diamonds, believed to be the last remnants of an exploding sun that predates our own solar system! As such, at an estimated 12 billion years, they are the oldest things any human has ever touched. Space diamonds from the beginning of time.
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Ordinary chondrite H5, Witnessed fall in Mauritania, October 16, 2006
At approximately 4 am on the morning of October 16, 2006 a shower of stones fell in and around the village of Bassikounou in the southeast corner of Mauritania, near the border with Mali. Many stones, including this one, were picked up very shortly after the fall in a 8 km strewnfield, and as a result the pristine black fusion crust has been perfectly preserved.
Ordinary chondrite L6, Found in United States, 1950
This exquisite full slice of the celebrated Kansas black chondrite comes from the Oscar Monnig Meteorite Collection and has been cut marvelously thin to offer fantastic surface-to-weight ratio. Click on photo to see the extremely unusual micro-breccia in detail photos. We’ve never seen this in a meteorite before! Quite dazzling and a gorgeous, impressive display piece.
Carbonaceous chondrite CBa, Found in Australia, 1930
The strangest space rock! Bencubbin, found in Australia in 1930, gives its name to the ultra-rare bencubbin class. Appearing in every way like an iron (or at least a stony-iron) meteorite, it is, bizarrely, actually a stone carbonaceous chondrite. Showing unique features, this odd bird of the space lanes is as strange as they come, and almost, never available on the collectors’ market.
Ordinary chondrite H4, Witnessed fall in Canada, November 28, 2008
Buzzard Coulee was one of the most spectacular witnessed falls of modern times. Aerolite CEO, Geoff Notkin, made two successful expeditions to the strewnfield, one of which was filmed for the popular “Buzzard Coulee/Whitecourt” episode of “Meteorite Men.” These excellent specimens were found by Geoff’s Canadian hunting partners and all specimens have legal export papers from Canada. Quickly snapped up by collectors, these are our last examples of this must-have witnessed fall. All specimens show excellent fusion crust.
Eucrite, Found January 1984 in Western Australia
Eucrites are part of the HED (howardite, eucrite, diogenite) group of stones and all three are quite closely related. HED group achondrites are stone meteorites without chondrules, and some specialists believe they may have originate on the large asteroid Vesta.
The total recovered weight of all Camel Donga stones is estimated at only 50 kg, and this unusual and intriguing meteorite is very rarely offered for sale. The Camel Donga strewnfield was discovered in 1984 in a very remote part of Western Australia on the Nullarbor Plain. It is a Ca-rich meteorite and exhibits a remarkably glossy fusion crust, which is typical of this type of meteorite.
Ordinary chondrite LL5, Witnessed fall in Chelyabinsk, Russia, February 15, 2013
Every meteorite enthusiast will forever remember the astonishing news of the truly massive fireball and explosions over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February of 2013. It was easily the largest meteoritic event since the Sikhote-Alin fall of 1947. Many of these pieces show impact melt features and a dark grey to nearly black interior. This superbolide was traveling at an astonishing speed of 42,900 mph and generated light brighter than sun. The shock wave from the fireball caused damage to over 7,000 buildings spreading across six cities.
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Ordinary chondrite H5, Witnessed Fall in Mali, July 2 or 3, 2007
A new meteorite fall was reported in the Republic of Mali in Western Africa in June or July of 2007, making this stone one of the more recent meteorite arrivals on earth. It is a very fresh fall with extremely rich, black fusion crust. The first specimens were tentatively named Mali, but the name was later officially changed to Chergach, after the nearby town of Erg Chech. Meteoritical Bulletin states: “Nomads reported the stones fell after a smoke cloud was seen and several detonations were heard over a wide area during daytime in July 2007. The finder of the first meteorites was Mr Ouled Bleila, who died in a car accident on his way back from the trip to the Chergach strewn field in October 2007. According to the Tuareg people from Algeria who visited the fall site in September 2007, the elliptical strewn field stretches for more than 20 km in a northeasterly direction. No fireball was reported.”
Ordinary chondrite L4, Found on April 6, 2015 in Clarendon, Texas
It is perhaps the only meteorite to ever be discovered by a horse. In addition, it happens to be one of the largest chondrites ever found in the United States.
Frank and DeeDee Hommel, owners of the lovely and housewarming Bar H Working Dude Ranch in Clarendon, went on a brief excursion with their horses about the countryside on April 6, 2015. Sometime along their ride, their horses “went crazy” when they encountered and sniffed a rather bizarre 760-pound rock a few acres away from the ranch. They, along with Aerolite Meteorites CEO Geoff Notkin, Aerolite Meteorites’ Christian Meza, and colleague Ruben Garcia (“Mr. Meteorite”) uncovered several more kilograms of fragments from the site. The main mass now resides at the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth where it will be displayed to thousands of visitor about how close to home one of the most remarkable marvels of the solar system came to be.
Be sure to check out our Meteorite Minute and Minelab Promo videos featuring the Clarendon (c) meteorite!
Ordinary Chondrite H5, Witnessed fall in Covert, Kansas, 1896
This historic stone meteorite was recognized in 1929 by pioneering meteorite researcher H.H. Nininger. A search was conducted and a total of ten meteorites were recovered from the area. Some had been used by locals as door stops, weights, and fill for a concrete floor. Aerolite Meteorites recently acquired a large mass from a prominent old collection and had it sliced and prepared by one of our favorite prep artists. These gorgeous slices display a wealth of metal flecks in a velvety night sky matrix. We requested only one side be fully polished while the other was left untreated, thereby clearly showing the brecciation in this fascinating meteorite.
Ordinary chondrite L4, Found in Western Australia in 1941
South of Dalgety Downs, Australia in 1941, 217 kilograms of broken fragments — which came from a single large mass — were found. Several additional masses were recovered in subsequent decades. Totaling an impressive total find weight of nearly 500 kilograms, making Dalgety Downs the largest L4 meteorite on record to date. The exteriors of this marvelous meteorite have been weathered as it sat on the surface of our planet in a hot desert climate for potentially thousands of years, being effected by the elements. The interiors display chondrules and are a gorgeous pale blue color — beautiful in contrast to the metal flakes.
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Ordinary Chondrite H5–6, Found in Mali, Africa, 2013
A strewnfield roughly 10 km in diamater produced about 85 kg of fragments and individuals, with an average weigh of perhaps a few hundred grams. Only a couple of larger masses were recovered and these excellent full slices come from one of them. These slices have a medium polish on one face and a protective coating on the other (giving a particularly nice, glossy finish). These large slices are very attractive, showy pieces, with abundant, shiny metal flakes and make for impressive display pieces.
Ordinary Chondrite H5, Found in Tamaulipas, Mexico, 2013
Numerous fragments and several whole stones, totaling 19.62 kg, were found by an American prospector and his hunting partners in 2013 in Sonora, Mexico, while metal detecting for gold nuggets. The first piece (and the largest), a complete individual weighing 2,396 g, was found on the surface in a sandy area on the eastern side of a large dry wash, a few kilometers northwest of the town of El Boludo. A search with metal detectors of the surrounding area produced numerous additional fragments and a few smaller whole stones. We met with the prospector, purchased all known pieces, and proceeded with the classification process. El Boludo is an Aerolite exclusive.
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Ordinary Chondrite L3, Found in Mexico, 2013
El Tiro (meaning “the shot”) was discovered in January of 2013 by a gold prospector colleague of ours, close to the small settlement of El Tiro in Sonora, Mexico. Only a single stone was recovered with a total known weight of just 2.4 kilograms. The stone displayed gentle regmaglypts, weathering cracks, and a fair amount of fusion crust. El Tiro’s grey, blue and brown matrix exhibits abundant, multi-colored breccia clasts, metallic flakes, and dark chondrules. We acquired the entire mass from the finder and proceeded with classification. El Tiro is an Aerolite exclusive.
Ordinary chondrite H5, Witnessed fall in Burkina Faso, March 5, 1960
A large number of meteorites fell on March 5, 1960 over the African nations of Burkina Faso (previously the Republic or Upper Volat) and the resulting thunderous sound was heard over 100 kilometers away! Many pieces were later found by farmers working in their fields. Originally named Gao, its was later determined by scientists to be identical to another African meteorite, Genie, and the two names were fused into one. Specimens show fusion crust and an attractive ochre-patina. Many also show classic features of orientation, including rollover lips.
GAO-GUENIE ORIENTED INDIVIDUALS
Most incoming potential meteorites spin and tumble as they plummet through the atmosphere. Occasionally, one will maintain a fixed orientation towards the surface of our planet, causing the leading edge to ablate into a shield, nose cone, or bullet shape. When meteorites ablate, some of their mass is removed as a result of vaporization. Meteorites which display such features are quite rare, highly collectible, and are described as oriented. Oriented meteorites were studied by early NASA spacecraft designers and the leading edges of such meteorites are reminiscent of the heat shields on Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space capsules.
Ordinary chondriteL4 , Found in United States, 1995
An Arizona gold prospector, Jim Kriegh, discovered ancient stone meteorites in an area of arroyos in Mohave County, Arizona. His friend and fellow metal detectorist, Twink Monrad, joined him in the hunt and they spent years carefully documenting their finds. Gold Basin has been described as “one of best mapped strewnfields in history.” We filmed a first season episode of Meteorite Men at this famous site in 2009.
GOLD BASIN SLICES
While Gold Basin doesn’t look particularly interesting on the outside, when prepared in the lab, it reveals a wonderland of colorful relict chondrules, Impressionist-like mists of matrix color, with a peppering of metal flakes. These half stones were cut and expertly polished on a diamond lap to show off their gorgeous interiors.
GOLD BASIN HALF STONES
GOLD BASIN FRAGMENTS
Ordinary chondrite L6, Found in Australia in 1966
Hamilton is a stone, veined olivine – hypersthene chondrite meteorite found near Hamilton Station in Queensland, Australia. We are pleased to present Hamilton, as we have not seen them in quite some time. These coffee colored chondrite part slices came out of an old collection and were purchased by Geoffrey in the back of an old train car where they have been stored. They are sliced thick and stand up naturally on their own. Marvelous!
Ordinary chondrite L/LL6 , Witnessed fall in United States, 1912
July 19, 1912, on a hot and dry desert summer evening, a series of loud booms, and several explosions rocked the quiet town of Holbrook, Arizona. Many thousand stones showered the ground, most the size of a pea. The largest weighing just 6 kilograms (14 pounds). Initially, an estimated 14,000 stones were recovered. Most with pristine rich-black fusion crust, which is obtained during it’s fiery journey through our atmosphere.
A team of esteemed meteorite hunters visited the area to celebrate the falls recent 100 anniversary, each successfully returning with a pea sized treasure of their own. Due to the size and age of the fall, Holbrook has been an extremely well studied meteorite. It has educated scientists in the rate of terrestrial weathering (the slow decay of the delicate rind called fusion crust).
These magnificent fusion-crusted Holbrook individuals are from the historic H.H. Nininger American Meteorite Lab Collection. They were acquired directly from the Center for Meteorite Studies at ASU in an institutional trade. ASU purchased the bulk of Nininger’s collection during the 1960s and these specimens were stored in a tray of AML specimens, alongside larger specimens with numbers. Our Holbrook peas are accompanied by a special certificate of authenticity/ID card verifying its ironclad Nininger provenance.
H.E.D. Impact Melt Breccia
Eucrite Impact Melt Breccia, Pending Classification
Take advantage of pre-classification prices with this brand new eucrite melt breccia thought to have originated from asteroid Vesta! A breccia is a rock made up of fragments of other rocks that have been compressed or cemented together. Meteorite breccias show us that some meteorite parent bodies are, or were, active and have experienced some geologic processes similar to those found on Earth. The H.E.D (Howardite, Eucrite and Diogenite) classes of meteorites are thought to have Asteroid Vesta as their parent body, meaning they were once part of that asteroid.
The exteriors of these marvelous rocks are awesomely mottled and vesiculated/melt pocketed in appearance. While the interiors are a cluster of interesting mix of melt breccia set on a black groundmass. Captivating!
JIDDAT AL HARASIS (JaH) 020
Ordinary chondrite L6, Found in Oman, 2000
These attractive whole stones display good remnant fusion crust, have very appealing shapes and are amazing affordable. A great way to add a sizable stone meteorite to your collection at a bargain price.
JIDDAT AL HARASIS (JaH) 073
Ordinary chondrite, L6, Al Wusta, Oman, found 2002
With its weathered orange exterior, this is a great “throw rock” for meteorite hunters to test their eyes (and metal detectors) in the field.
Ordinary chondrite, LL5/6, Guelmime Es Smara, Morocco, Probable fall July 12, 2017
History: On Wednesday, 12 July 2017, around 23:13 Summer Moroccan time (GMT+1,) a bright fireball was widely seen throughout southern Morocco, traveling from the NE to the SW, with termination of the fireball southwest of Tata. The fireball lasted for several seconds and was followed by a series of sonic booms heard throughout southern Morocco. This event was subsequently reported on the national TV news station. The authorities of the area including soldiers reported the fireball. The fall site is in a militarized area within Morocco, but close to the border with Algeria. Military and nomads where the first to arrive at the fall site and the first piece was found within 12 hours of the fireball, on 13 July. A field mission was organized by H. Chennaoui Aoudjehane (FSAC), M. Aoudjehane, A. Bouferra and H. El Harbi on Saturday, 15 July to collect the fall information and samples for classification and the submission. The team were granted authorization to enter the militarized area, and on 16 July traveled to the fall site. The team meet several hunters with fresh, black, fusion crusted stones. The largest complete piece that they have seen was about 850 g. Coordinates for three smaller stones are a complete 15 g stone (28°59’03.3″N, 8°24’38.7″W) and two pieces totalling 22 g (28°57’28.3″N, 8°25’39.6″W), and a stone of ~1 g (28°59’55.1″N, 8°24’25.5″W). Total mass collected to date is near 10 kg. – As per the Meteoritic Bulletin.
Unclassified chondrite, Found in Northwest Africa, 1999
During the mid-to-late 1990s the French meteorite hunting Labenne family began finding stone meteorites in the arid deserts of Northwest Africa. These finds were made years before the NWA classification system was adopted, and were some of the very first Sahara meteorite discoveries. Each carries a unique hand painted field number. For example “99053” was the 53rd meteorite found during the 1999 expedition. Several have nice polished windows. Historic pre-NWA hot desert meteorites with original field numbers.
Stone meteorite, polymict eucrite (EUC), Witnessed fall Western Australia, October, 1960
Not only is Millbillillie a very rare witnessed-fall eucrite, it is also one of the most visually appealing meteorites available to collectors. Eucrites are achondrites (stone meteorites without chondrules) — volcanic rock from other worlds, and comprised largely of silicate minerals. Millbillillie meteorites are light in weight, similar to terrestrial pumice, so even a specimen as modest as 6 or 7 grams can still be enjoyed and studied without magnification. Millbillillies typically exhibit a dazzling color combination: glossy black fusion crust mixed with bright orange Australian desert soil which adhered to the crust, producing a color contrast of unique and striking beauty. The afternoon fall occurred in October of 1960, and was witnessed by only two men, near the town of Wiluna in Western Australia. It was ten years until the first stone was found.
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NORTHWEST AFRICA 869
Ordinary chondrite L3 – 6, Found in Northwest Africa, 2000
Born by fire, Northwest Africa 869 is one of the most fascinating and affordable meteorites available to collectors. It has a highly unusual classification, L 3-6, meaning it shows characteristics of different meteorite types within the same mass. NWA 869 is a breccia — a rock made up of fragments of other rocks that have been compressed or cemented together. The most likely explanation for the formation of this mosaic-like mixture of space material is the collision of asteroid, millions or billions of years ago, somewhere in the void between Mars and Jupiter. NWA 869 illustrates the monumental processes at work in the solar system and its diverse and fascinating structure means it is sometime described as “an entire meteorite classroom in a single rock.”
NORTHWEST AFRICA 869 INDIVIDUALS
NORTHWEST AFRICA 869 SLICES
We consider NWA 869 to have one of the most attractive interiors of any chondrite and these gorgeous full slices show this fascinating chondrite at its absolute best. All pieces have been expertly prepared by one of our top labs and meticulously finished on a diamond lap to the very highest standards.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 869 POLISHED END CUTS & HALF STONES
NORTHWEST AFRICA 4502
Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3), Found in Algeria, 2005
With its shiny black exterior and dark brown interior, punctuated by large orange chondrules, this interesting carbonaceous chondrite looks very atypical from most members of its group. Classified by T. Bunch and J. Wittke it is officially described in the Meteoritical Bulletin has having “well-defined chondrules, chondrule fragments, and refractory inclusions set in a slightly weathered matrix.” Our full slices, half stones, and end cuts have been highly polished on a diamond lap to show 4502’s intriguing interior features in the best possible light. With its colorful undifferentiated chondrules, 4502 is a glimpse back to the formation of our solar system, over 4.6 billion years ago.
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NORTHWEST AFRICA 4664
HED Diogenite, Found Algeria 2006
Diogenites are believed to originate from deep within the crust of the asteroid 4 Vesta and are among the rarest of meteorite types, and it is extremely difficult to find a specimen large enough to prepare into slices of this size! An olivine-rich treasure.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 4799
Stone meteorite, Achondrite (aubrite), Found in Northwest Africa 2007.
This aubrite is one of fifty from the Achondrite, aubrite class. It is heavily brecciated, telling the tale of a violent history for it’s parent body. Most aubrites are are witnessed falls or finds from the blue-ice fields of Antarctica. Their fragile composition and light colored fusion crust makes these meteorites extremely difficult to find. Only 16 aubrites have been recovered from the hot deserts of Africa. Apparent on NWA 4799 is evidence of terrestrial desert weathering. Simply incredible!
NORTHWEST AFRICA 5950
Carbonaceous Chondrite CV3, Found in Northwest Africa, 2009
Containing organic compounds and divided into five-sub classes, there is little in the world of meteorites that fascinates like carbonaceous chondrites. Rare and very ancient, some have been shown to contain water, carbon, and even amino acids, suggesting they may have brought the building blocks of life to Earth! The CV3 sub-group often displays beautiful chondrules (small, glassy spheres) that formed 4.6 billion years ago, at the very dawn of the solar system.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 6135
Ordinary Chondrite LL3.8, Found in Northwest Africa,
This marvelous LL3 is a honeycomb of densely-packed yellow, grey and green chondrules. In the pre-NWA days a chondrule-rich LL such as this would have sold for hundreds of dollars a gram. Beautiful complete polished slices at only $8/gram. That’s a lot of chondrules for your buck.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 6704
Stone meteorite, Ungrouped Achondrite
Green in color, with mysterious “bubble trains” suspended in orthopyroxene, NWA 6704 is so unusual it doesn’t fit into a typical classification group. It is classified as an ungrouped Achondrite with metal flakes! All pieces come from a single, broken stone recovered in the Sahara in 2011 and show the rare minerals awaruite and albite.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 7040
Ordinary Chondrite, H3.4
This highly unusual meteorite was found in 2011. It shows an uncommon cocoa-colored background, sprinkled with beautifully-preserved, dusty-grey chondrules of varying sizes.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 7454
Carbonaceous chondrite, CV3, Found in Northwest Africa, 2012
A kaleidoscope of chondrules! The colorful, rounded grains clearly visible in NWA 7454 are chondrules that formed in the solar nebula 4.6 billion years ago, as our solar system was being built. These tiny glass spheres hold within them a key to understanding how the rocky bodies of the solar system — including our very own home planet Earth — were born.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 7457
Ordinary Chondrite, L5 melt breccia, Found in Northwest Africa, 2012
Northwest Africa 7457 is one of nine specimens classified as L5 melt breccia, a material formed when extreme pressure and heat generated by an significant impact partially melts the parent rock. These meteorites show a deformed and melted matrix as a result of the collision. The total known weight of this rare meteorite is only 15.5 kilograms.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 7498
Ordinary Chondrite L4, Found in Morocco, 2012
The total known weight of this very pretty L4 is only 1,101 grams. Its attractive, dark interior is packed with large grey chondrules and very fine nickel iron flakes. This chondrite is rich in troilite, “some decorating chondrule rims, scattered taenite and kamacite, minor CI-rich apatite and high-Ca pyroxene.”
NORTHWEST AFRICA 7657
NORTHWEST AFRICA 7678
Carbonaceous Chondrite CV3, Found in Morocco, 2012
NWA 7678 was acquired by a friend and colleague and classified at the Institute of Meteoritics in Albuquerque. We purchased a significant number of slices as this is one of the finest chondrule-rich meteorites we have ever seen. Extraordinary chondrule density and color makes this lovely, and very affordable, stone one of the most alluring examples of a carbonaceous chondrite on the market.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 7831
HED Achondrite, Diogenite, Found in Western Sahara, 2013
Diogenites are among the very rarest of all space rocks. Of almost 58,000 officially recognized meteorites, only about 470 are diogenites. Thought to have formed within the asteroid Vesta, they contain little or no iron and display large, green crystals. Sliced ultra thin, NWA 7831 is gloriously translucent and visually reminiscent of a pallasite made entirely of olivine.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 8177
HED Achondrite, Eucrite, Found in Northwest Africa, 2008
Eucrites are igneous rocks from the crust from a differentiated planet body. The HEDs (howardite, eucrite, diogenite), only about 5% of all meteorite falls, are thought to originate from asteroid 4 Vesta. NWA 8177 is a a stunning meteorite “composed of small basaltic eucrite clasts and related debris” per the Meteoritical Bulletin Database. We were able to acquire only one piece of this remarkable meteorite.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 10256
Carbonaceous Chondrite CR2, Found in Northwest Africa, 2015
This chondrule-laden CR2 has a small total known weight of just 707.3 grams. Aerolite acquired six identical appearing full stones with smooth abraded fusion crust. Preparation in the lab revealed many distinct chondrules of variable size set in a dark-grey groundmass. This rare CR2 is thought to have been heated at higher temperatures as compared to other carbonaceous chondrites (CI/CM) and formed in an aqueous environment. An Aerolite exclusive!
NORTHWEST AFRICA 10265
Primative Achondrite (Lodranite), Found in Northwest Africa, 2015
Two vivid silicates are imbedded within this acquired lodranite: spring-green colored pyroxene and yellow-brown olivine crystals. Lodranites are a part of a very small group of primitive achondrites containing meteoritic iron and silicate minerals of mostly olivine and pyroxene. Often we expect olivine crystals to be the prominent silicate, but we find that the pyroxene crystals within this meteorite have rivaled our previous presumptions.
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NORTHWEST AFRICA 10514
Eucrite, Found in Northwest Africa, 2015
Eucrites are rare achondrite (without chondrules) meteorites that belong to the HED class. HED meteorites are thought to have originated within the large asteroid Vesta, making them part of only a tiny handful of meteorites with a specific known origin point — lunar and Martian meteorites being the others. Eucrites are particularly difficult to find in the field as — unlike the vast majority of other meteorites — they contain little or no iron, so will not attract strongly to a magnet. The eucrite NWA 10514 is a marvelous stone with a ton of character. There are only 12 kilograms total available. This massive half stone is sure to be a conversation starter.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 11081
HED achondrite, Eucrite, Found in Northwest Africa, 2016
Northwest Africa 11081 is a eucrite — a scientifically important altered volcanic rock from the mighty Asteroid Vesta. One of the few meteorites with a specific known origin point, eucrites are unusual in that they do not attract to a magnet. They are also proof of geologic activity (volcanoes, etc) on large asteroids within our solar system! This meteorite is exclusive to Aerolite Meteorites.
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NORTHWEST AFRICA 11304
Rumuruti chondrite (R4), Found in Northwest Africa, Classified April 2018
Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) The specimen is a breccia mostly composed of well-formed, relatively small chondrules (apparent diameter 250±150 µm, N = 12) in a finer grained matrix (~30 vol.%), but some petrologically-similar, angular lithic clasts (including type 3 and type 4 clasts) are also present. Both olivine and orthopyroxene have very magnesian cores, but the predominant mafic minerals are much more ferroan. Other minerals are clinopyroxene, sodic plagioclase, pentlandite, pyrrhotite and magnetite. – As listed by the Meteoritical Bulletin
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NORTHWEST AFRICA 12265
Eucrite melt breccia, Found in Northwest Africa, Classified December 2018
Eucrites are rare achondrite (without chondrules) meteorites that belong to the HED class. HED meteorites are thought to have originated within the large asteroid Vesta, making them part of only a tiny handful of meteorites with a specific known origin point — lunar and Martian meteorites being the others. Eucrites are particularly difficult to find in the field as — unlike the vast majority of other meteorites — they contain little or no iron, so will not attract strongly to a magnet. A eucrite impact melt is most likely the result of a giant meteorite crashing into asteroid Vesta and melting target rock into a new form. That in itself is remarkable. As any type of impact melt — even in the abundant chondrite family — is highly unusual. So, here we have an exceptional impact melt from Vesta!
NORTHWEST AFRICA XXX
Stone meteorite (H and L chondrites)
These stone meteorites were found in the Saharan Desert in Northwest Africa, likely by nomads. In order to classify them it would be necessary to cut off a section for analysis. Although they are exceedingly rare when compared to terrestrial rocks, these are the most abundant type of meteorite and are referred to as “common chondrites.” H and L (designating the amount of metal contained) type chondrites have been already extensively studied, and so these attractive stones have been left intact. Composed largely of spherical grain-like silicate chondrules, these stone meteorites were likely once part of the crust of a planet or large asteroid. Some academics believe that chondrules are older than the solar system!
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Achondrite, Aubrite, Witnessed Fall in United States, 1948
Norton County, a rare aubrite meteorite with a white interior, crashed to Earth in Kansas in 1948. The 2,300-lb main mass is now the centerpiece of the Institute of Meteoritics museum at UNM Albuquerque. These unusual historic specimens come directly from IOM/UNM and display original collection numbers from the institute. They are still listed in the UNM catalog. You can verify this by visiting the UNM collection page and searching for “Achondrite”, “Achondrite Groupings”, “All Achondrite Groups”, and “All Brecciation Types” for Norton County.
THE INSTITUTE OF METEORITICS COLLECTION FROM UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO