Gao, Burkina Faso H5 ordinary chondrite Fall, March , 1960 8 kg
This is a perfect, large stone. It till has lovely fusion crust and thumbprinting but it’s starting to weather from dark black to chocolate brown. Thousands of pieces of this rained from the sky.
Ben Sour, Algerian Desert LL6 ordinary chondrite Fall, 2002. 147 g.
Cooking chondrites turns them into achondrites.
Gao, Burkina Faso. 7.7 g.
Classic lipping of the melting surface.
Nuevo Mercurio, Mexico. H5 ordinary chondrite Fall, Dec. 15, 1978. 833 g
Denser and more visible iron grains than the L-types. This has contraction cracks in the fresh fusion crust and is a flat black color typical of ordinary chondrites (OCs).
Chergach, Mali Fall. 1997 282 g.
Look at these iron nuggets coming through the fusion crust. Wild. Smearing metal on the surface of this H5 chondrite.
Correo, New Mexico, USA. H5 ordinary chondrite Find. 67 g
I collected this myself—my first find—and man, was I happy! It came from the desert west of Albuquerque, it’s older and weathering has made the iron grains look like sesame seeds. (This is the key to recognizing old weathered chondrites.)
Ashcreek, TX, USA. L6 ordinary chondrite. Fall, Feb. 15, 2009. 88 g
These are the most common type of stone meteorites to fall on earth. Despite their name, these stones from the stars are anything but “ordinary.” Self-collected piece.
Great Sand Sea, Egypt. L3 (?) ordinary chondrite. Find. 212 g
I found this beauty on the bottom of a huge sand dune. Notice the tiny chondrules visible on the crust.
NWA 752 Rumuruti-type ordinary chondrite. Find. 61 g
Tons of chondrules, almost zero visible iron—a strange one…