9) The plots presented here reasonably represent >99% of all meteorites. A frequent contributor to science and art magazines, his work has appeared in Reader's Digest, The Village Voice, Wired, Meteorite, Seed, Sky & Telescope, Rock & Gem, Lapidary Journal, Geotimes, New York Press, and numerous other national and international publications. There are several different ways to determine whether or not a rock is a meteorite. The majority of meteorite finds are stony meteorites, consisting mostly of silicate minerals. Structural classes are determined NASA scientist Dr. Elbert King traveled to the site immediately following the fall, and recovered numerous specimens which were traded with institutions around the world, making Allende one of the most widely studied meteorites. For an explanation of why lunar meteorites plot along the diagonal trend, see How Do We Know That It’s a Rock From the Moon? So, for geochemists, the bottom and left axes of the plots below are in weight-percent oxide. Click to enlarge. (1998) Chapter 4. 6) Most (~95%) stony meteorites are chondrites, and most chondrites are ordinary chondrites. The composition of ancient meteorites. the formation of our planet and the rest of the solar system, making them the oldest Geoffrey Notkin, co-host of the Meteorite Men television series and author of Meteorwritings on Geology.com, has written an illustrated guide to recovering, identifying, and understanding meteorites. For further reading I recommend The Allende meteorite also contains micro diamonds, and is believed to pre-date the formation of our own solar system. Stony-Irons All the black points and colored points are for meteorites. a number of structural classes. ), not like meteorites. Stony meteorites contain mainly silicate minerals, such as pyroxene, plagioclase feldspar, and olivine. Some terrestrial rocks lie off the trend because they have MgO/Fe2O3(T) ratios outside the range for meteorites (below). About one hundred different lunar meteorites (lunaites) Click to enlarge. Carbonaceous chondrites have a substantial proportion of volatile elements that, in terms of this plot, as a diluants that drag the compositions toward the origin. Recommended for you. earth. Most iron meteorites likely originated in the cores of large asteroids, and are composed almost entirely of nickel-iron alloy, which is also a primary component of the Earth's core. no extraterrestrial iron, making them much more difficult to find than most other on the surface of our planet for an extended period of time-frequently look much like three main groups: irons, stones and stony-irons. This remarkable lattice-like arrangement can be very beautiful and Iron meteorites are far heavier than most earth rocks-if you've ever lifted Rocks with >2% Na2O are probably not meteorites. take their name from a German zoologist and explorer, Peter Pallas, who described the The lattice-like structure is known as a Widmanstätten Pattern after Count Alois von Beckh Widmanstätten who described the phenomenon in the early 1800s. If SiO2 is greater than 60%, the rock is not a meteorite. From: Treatise on Geochemistry, 2007 very heavy, and have often been forged into unusual or even spectacular shapes D. Composition of the earth's crust, by R. L. Parker E. Chemistry of the atmosphere F. Chemical composition of subsurface waters, by … Aerolite Meteorites - WE DIG SPACE ROCKS™, How to Find Treasure From Space: The Expert Guide to Meteorite Hunting and Identification, Geoffrey Notkin has written extensively about meteorites and has been involved in television documentaries about them. in the field. and when someone does pick up an iron meteorite for the first time their face lights B. Cosmochemistry Part 1, Meteorites by Brian Mason] Part 2, Cosmochemistry. Some meteorites, particularly primitive chondrites, are quite unlike any other type of rock found on Earth and can be readily identified. Washington University in St. Louis, Lunar meteorites also have high concentrations of calcium (CaO) compared to most terrestrial rocks (except, of course, those rocks rich in calcite, like the limestones that plot around 50% CaO). Stone meteorite: Detail of prepared slice of the carbonaceous chondrite Allende, which was seen to fall in Chihuahua, Mexico on the night of February 8, 1969, following a massive fireball. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites by O. Richard Norton and The Handbook of The date of the origin of the Earth can also be estimated from meteorites, which is discussed in more detail below. The mesosiderites are the smaller of the two stony-iron groups. It was a witnessed fall (1960) and is a rare type of achondrite—a stone meteorite which does not contain chondrules. meteorites fired fragments into space and some of those fragments eventually fell on When properly prepared, pallasites are among the most alluring of meteorite, and are highly prized by collectors, both because of their rarity and beauty. known matter available to us for study. occasionally entirely new subclasses are added. Most people have never held a space rock in their hands The ratio of magnesium to iron does not vary greatly among most kinds of stony meteorites. Pallasites are perhaps the most alluring of all meteorites, and certainly of great Although there are a large number of sub classes, meteorites are divided into In most specimens of this group, the iron content is approximately 90 to 95% with the remainder comprised of nickel and trace elements. emerald-green color, they are known as the gemstone peridot. they are only one of three main meteorite types, and rather uncommon compared surface literally burned during flight, and the vast majority of stones contain enough Nearly all stony meteorites have high concentrations of Cr compared to most Earth rocks. etched with a mild solution of nitric acid. The ratio of manganese to iron does not vary much within different groups of meteorites. He works regularly in television and has made documentaries for The Discovery Channel, BBC, PBS, History Channel, National Geographic, A&E, and the Travel Channel. 4) All the white points represent terrestrial rocks. Only rare lunar granites have low MgO/Fe2O3(T), and none of these has been found as a lunar meteorite. Its composition and identity as a meteorite were confirmed by the Rover's spectrophotometer - it determined that "Heat Shield Rock" was composed of iron and nickel. Lodders K. and Fegley B. Jr. (1998) The Planetary Scientist’s Companion, Oxford University Press, New York, 371 pp. Most meteorites have low concentrations of aluminum (Al2O3) compared to terrestrial rocks. Iron meteorites are dense, Reconnaître une météorite sur le sol n'est pas chose facile, à moins qu'elle ne tombe en Antarctique sur la glace. They contain both meteorites, though specimens often display a remarkable glossy fusion crust which looks The classification of meteorites is a complex and technical subject and the above is Click to enlarge. Because of the large amount of metal in pallasites, they are heavier than most similarly-si… Volume 1 provides a general introduction to meteorites, fireballs, and impact craters and to the mineralogy, composition, and properties of iron meteorites. terrestrial rocks, and it can take a skilled eye to spot them when meteorite hunting One face has been cut and polished to reveal a mottled black and silver interior. recrystallization eradicated all trace of ancient chondrules. is normally only visible when iron meteorites are cut into slabs, polished, and then museums, and schools, I always enjoy commencing the presentation by passing around a The largest meteorite ever found, Namibia’s Hoba meteorite, is an iron meteorite. Jarosewich E. (1990) Chemical analysis of meteorites: A compilation of stony and iron meteorite analyses. The horizontal axis of all the plots is “Fe2O3(T) + MgO.” Actlabs and most labs that analyze rocks reports total iron as Fe2O3 because in Earth rocks much or most of the iron occurs as Fe(III), that is, ferric iron. Click to enlarge. 36, Planetary Materials (ed. 10) It’s like lottery numbers – you don’t win unless the composition is consistent with ALL the chemical-composition parameters shown here, not just some of them! Magnetic Properties - A lot of meteorites contain shiny iron-nickel metal grains … Freshly fallen stones will exhibit a black fusion crust, created as the The stony-irons These types of meteorites are mixtures of metal and silicate material, which weather at different rates, and thus the surface of these meteorites may change with age. to stone meteorites, especially the most abundant stone meteorite group-the up and their reaction is, almost without fail, to exclaim: "Wow, it's so heavy!". Photo by Geoffrey Notkin, copyright Aerolite Meteorites. softball-sized iron meteorite. These are volcanic rocks How Do We Know That It’s a Rock From the Moon? Geoffrey Notkin is a meteorite hunter, science writer, photographer, and musician. One of the best elements for distinguishing meteorites from Earth rocks is Cr. Meteorite Impacts in History Its surface is covered with scores of small regmaglypts, or thumbprints, created by melting during flight. Geostandards Newsletter 20, 217–245. Wasson J. T. and Kallemeyn G. W. (1988) Compositions of chondrites. There is little or no Fe(III) in freshly fallen meteorites; it’s all Fe(II), ferrous iron, and Fe(0), iron metal. to some very striking features. process are measured and the average bandwidth is used to subdivide iron meteorites into In most meteorites, virtually all the Al2O3 and most of the CaO is carried by feldspar, so there is little variation in CaO/Al2O3 Terrestrial rocks tend to have lower CaO/Al2O3 than meteorites. A meteorite is a solid piece of debris from an object, such as a comet, asteroid, or meteoroid, that originates in outer space and survives its passage through the atmosphere to reach the surface of a planet or moon. all belong to the achondrite group. They are comprised of roughly equal amounts of nickel-iron Russian meteorite Krasnojarsk, found near the Siberian capital of the same name in the I suggest to people who think they have found a meteorite to get a chemical analysis by Actlabs or some other lab that can provide good compositional data. J. J. Papike), Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. The slice has been etched with a mild solution of nitric acid to reveal an interlocking pattern of iron-nickel alloys, taenite and kamacite. intended only as a brief overview of the topic. Composition d'une météorite. Composition The overwhelming bulk of these meteorites consists of the FeNi-alloys kamacite and taenite. Data mostly from Jarosewich (1990), Lodders & Fegley (1998), and Mittlefehldt et al. 11) I should show some plots here for chalcophile (sulfur-loving) elements – Cu, Zn, As, In, Sn, and Sb. C. Internal structure and composition of the earth. Impacts on the lunar and Martian surfaces by other Rocks with greater than 0.6% K2O are probably not meteorites. Magnetic Properties. The Sikhote-Alin shower was the largest recorded witnessed meteorite fall in history. in the 19th Century. translucent giving them a remarkable otherworldly beauty. Meteorites are "rocks", not from Earth, but from somewhere else in the solar system. It is easy to see why. remainder comprised of nickel and trace elements. 18th Century. Among meteorites, MgO necessarily increases with Fe2O3(T) + MgO. Chemical Composition of Meteorites I suggest to people who think they have found a meteorite to get a chemical analysis by Actlabs or some other lab that can provide good compositional data. Allende contains carbonaceous compounds as well as calcium-rich inclusions (large white circle near center). Even though iron meteorites account for less than 5% of observed falls, they are more easily recognized than other types of … I have selected from the compilation of Govindaraju (1994) and Korotev (1996) data for 156 such rocks. If you obtain a chemical analysis of your rock, please send me the numbers! Chondrite, in general, any stony meteorite characterized by the presence of chondrule s. The only meteorites classified as chondrites that do not contain chondrules are the CI group. Several hundred geostandards are available that represent all common, and many uncommon, rock types of the earth. Warren, Paul H. (2001) Compositional structure within the lunar … interest to private collectors. of all known meteorites. are known as "chondrites.". There are several different ways to determine whether or not a rock is a meteorite. meteorites, often selling on the collectors' market for up to $1,000 per gram, making The meteorites give proof that, before fragmentation in collisions, a few asteroids were separated (differentiated), with a metallic center and rocky mantle. Minor minerals, when occurring, often form rounded nodules of troilite or graphite, surrounded by schreibersite and cohenite. "Iron meteorites", also called "irons", are usually just one big blob of iron-nickel (Fe-Ni) metal, as if it came from a industrial refinery without shaping. Meteoritics 25, 323-327. To understand the chemical composition of the meteorites, he and his team use an electron probe to analyse very fine sections of the rock. If you had an analysis done, just add the Fe2O3 and MgO values together for comparison. yes, but they are extremely rare. Photo by Geoffrey Notkin, copyright Aerolite Meteorites. Similarly, the weathering of Earth rocks can make some resemble meteorites. The answer is Non-chondritic meteorites from asteroidal bodies. like, they think of an iron. There are three main types of Meteorites: stony, iron, and stony-iron. Irons These meteorites are made of a crystalline iron-nickel alloy that resembles the outer core of the earth. , Vol. Iron Meteorite: A superb 1,363-gram complete iron meteorite from the Sikhote-Alin meteorite shower which occurred in a remote part of eastern Siberia in the winter of 1947. Photo by Leigh Anne DelRay, copyright Aerolite Meteorites. The same is largely true for Fe2O3(T). Click to enlarge. Structural classes are determined by studying their two component iron-nickel alloys: kamacite and taenite. metal. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series A 325, 535-544. extraterrestrial nickel and iron, and those that contain no iron at all are so The largest group of meteorites is the stones, and they once formed part of the outer Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 1986 14, 323-350. rare that when we are asked for help and advice on identifying possible space 5) All the meteorites plotted in the plots (all square symbols) are stony meteorites, not stony-irons or irons. 1) Terrestrial – Meteorwrong. and are believed to have originated within the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. Pallasites consist of a nickel-iron matrix packed with Mittlefehldt D. W., McCoy T. J., Goodrich C. A., and Kracher A. iron for them to easily adhere to a powerful magnet. Much of meteorite classification is based, in fact, on how much iron a Meteorites might also come from comets. 7) The lunar meteorite data are from my own database. Many of these contain quartz. In total there are data for 7 andesites, 5 anorthosites, 17 basalts, 2 carbonatites, 1 chert, 6 diabases, 2 diorite or diorite gneiss, 2 dolomites, 4 dunites, 15 gabbros, 21 granites and related rocks, 5 granodiorites, 1 hornblendite, 6 iron ore or iron formation rocks, 2 kimberlites, 1 quartz latite, 10 limestones, 2 lujavrites, 1 magnesite, 1 monzonite, 1 norite, 3 peridotites, 1 pyroxenite, 5 rhyolites including 1 obsidian, 1 sandstone, 5 schists, 3 serpentinites, 12 shales, 2 slates, 6 syenites, 2 tonalites, 3 trachytes, and 2 “ultrabasic rocks.” Data for some trace elements are missing for some of the GRS’s. nickel-iron and silicates and usually show an attractive, high-contrast silver and The least abundant of the three main types, the stony-irons, account for less than 2% Meteorites listed in the same box with a slash (/ ), e.g., MacAlpine Hills 88104 and MacAlpine Hills 88105, are verified or assumed pairs - they are two or more fragments of a … Sodium and potassium are both alkali elements, and all alkali elements are in low concentrations in meteorites compared to most terrestrial rocks. by studying their two component iron-nickel alloys: kamacite and taenite. almost like enamel paint. These meteorites are so heavily altered by water that it is unclear whether they once contained chondrules. Many countries have agencies that pulverize large quantities of rock for use as interlaboratory standards. specimen does contain. J. J. Papike), pp. The terrestrial rocks that plot with the martian meteorites are probably basalts, which have similar mineralogy to the martian basalts (but, see Na. Think of them as “space rocks." Click to enlarge. We can then infer the original composition of the solar system from the sun and meteorites and we can fill in gaps in our knowledge of Earth's composition. It then becomes a meteor and forms a fireball, also known as a shooting star or falling star; astronomers call th… This weathered fragment was found in Chile's Atacama Desert. Meteoroids are objects in space that range in size from dust grains to small asteroids. synonymous with most people's perception of a typical space rock's appearance, 2) Terrestrial – Geostandard. That’s why I made the points for chondrites black and the ordinary chondrites BIG and black. I have plotted data of Koeberl (1986) for various types of tektites. So that you can check your data yourself, I show plots here of concentrations or ratios of concentrations of several chemical elements in meteorites compared to rocks people have had analyzed by Actlabs or some other lab. The composition of meteorites gives us valuable information about the universe. Geostandards Newsletter 18, 1–158. Iron Meteorites by Vagn Buchwald. Photo by Geoffrey Notkin, copyright Aerolite Meteorites. Meteorites have three general compositions: Iron meteorites are composed mainly of metallic iron and nickel, often mixed together as an alloy. For most of these, there are many analytical data available. Cr-rich terrestrial rocks tend to be ultramafic rocks like dunites, peridotites, pyroxenites, and serpentinites. When I give lectures and slideshows about meteorites to rock and mineral societies, 3) Terrestrial – Tektite. Chondritic meteorites display a range of Fe Al ratios, with many having a value close to 20. But from the mineral composition of the meteorite, Mikouchi and his team revealed that it is likely there was water present much earlier, at around 4.4 billion years ago. When olivine crystals are of sufficient purity, and display an Stone Meteorite: A 56.5-gram complete individual of the Millbillillie eucrite from Australia. The Structure and Composition of Meteorites Since meteorites formed through a variety of processes on many different planetary bodies, they can have substantially different physical and chemical properties. (1998). There are two main types of stony meteorite: chondrites (some of the oldest materials in the solar system) and achondrites (including meteorites from asteroids, Mars and the Moon). Some meteorites contain grains of dust (“stardust”) that were produced by stars before the formation of our Solar System. The nearly 80 lunar meteorites are similar in mineralogy and composition to Apollo mission Moon rocks, but distinct enough to show that they have come from other parts of the Moon. crust of a planet or asteroid. Many terrestrial sedimentary rocks, as well as metamorphic rocks that formed from sedimentary rocks, have concentrations of chalcophile elements much higher than those in the table above. Stony meteorites are the most abundant of the three meteorite groups and come closest to resembling earth rocks in their appearance and composition. "half" and "iron," and they are very rare. ordinary chondrites. Govindaraju K. (1994) 1994 compilation of working values and sample description for 383 geostandards. Warren, Paul H. (2005) "New" Lunar Meteorites: Implications for composition of the global lunar surface, lunar crust, and the bulk Moon. classes both by chemical composition and structure. Carbonaceous chondrites shed light on the origins of life in the universe. Each black point represents the average composition of one of the chondrite groups: H, L, LL, EH, EL, CI, CM, CV, CO, CR, CO, R, Ac, & K. Data from Wasson & Kallemeyn (1988). The alloy ranges from 5% to 62% nickel from meteorite to meteorite, with an average of 10% nickel. This fine specimen is described as a complete individual, as it flew through the atmosphere in one piece, without fragmenting. Most terrestrial rocks are richer in Na2O than any meteorite. magnet. Meteorites are samples of asteroids, and the presence of hydrous minerals in some of them clearly indicates that a substantial fraction of the asteroids contained water, presumably due to the melting of ice. Space rocks without chondrites are known as "achondrites." meteorites, fewer than one hundred are mesosiderites. When the original object enters the atmosphere, various factors such as friction, pressure, and chemical interactions with the atmospheric gases cause it to heat up and radiate energy. Studies of lunar and Martian meteorites complement studies of Apollo Moon rocks and the robotic exploration of Mars. up a cannon ball or a slab of iron or steel, you'll get the idea. "chondrules." Widmanstätten Pattern, after Count Alois von Beckh Widmanstätten who described the phenomenon them worth many times their weight in gold. All the “meteorwrongs” in the plots (large white circles) are for rocks that people have had analyzed by Actlabs or some other lab and for which people sent me the data. from space which formed from igneous activity within their parent bodies where melting and The low-SiO2 chondrites are all carbonaceous chondrites. are thought to have formed at the core/mantle boundary of their parent bodies. Feldspars are common in terrestrial rocks, too. Achondrites contain little or Photo by Leigh Anne DelRay, copyright Aerolite Meteorites. Studies of these presolar grains can … High-Fe2O3 terrestrial rocks are iron ores. They are among the densest materials on earth and will stick very strongly to a powerful Iron meteorites were once part of the core of a long-vanished planet or large asteroid The word mesosiderite is derived from the Greek for several times over the years; known meteorites are sometimes reclassified, and as they plummet, melting, through our planet's atmosphere. The only possible exception would be a lunar granite, which is a volumetrically insignificant component of the Apollo collection. Iron meteorites are subdivided into classes both by chemical composition and structure. The terrestrial rocks that plot with the martian meteorites are probably basalts, which have similar mineralogy to the martian basalts (but, see Na2O and K2O). Some stone meteorites contain small, colorful, grain-like inclusions known as Note the glossy black fusion crust, and fine flow lines which were caused as the surface of the meteorite melted during flight. Many stone meteorites-particularly those that have been According to … Chondrites are most dissimilar to Earth rocks. Many terrestrial rocks have higher concentrations of SiO2 (silica) than any meteorite. Meteorite - Meteorite - Types of meteorites: Meteorites traditionally have been divided into three broad categories—stony meteorites (or stones), iron meteorites (irons), and stony iron meteorites (stony irons)—on the basis of the proportions of rock-forming minerals and nickel-iron (also called iron-nickel) metal alloy they contain. How to Find Treasure From Space: The Expert Guide to Meteorite Hunting and Identification is a 6" x 9" paperback with 142 pages of information and photos. Note that tektites have compositions like terrestrial rocks (because they are! "Igneous clasts, or fragmented rock, in the meteorite are formed from magma and are commonly caused by impacts and oxidation," said Mikouchi. This specimen is also highly oriented, with a textbook snub-nosed leading edge (pictured) and a flat back. Pallasites In most specimens of this group, the iron content is approximately 90 to 95% with the When meteoroids enter Earth’s atmosphere (or that of another planet, like Mars) at high speed and burn up, the fireballs or “shooting stars” are called meteors.. Volumes 2 and 3 contain descriptions of about 600 iron meteorites—nearly all those that were known and accessible in 1975. 36, Planetary Materials (ed. He searched for pallasites with Steve Arnold in Kiowa County, Kansas and iron meteorites and pallasites near Glorieta, New Mexico in an episode of. Dec 14, 2016. Iron meteorites are the most massive meteorites ever discovered. Meteorites typically fall into one of five categories. Photo by Geoffrey Notkin, copyright Aerolite Meteorites. Meteoritics and Planetary Science v. 40, p. 477-506. Koeberl C (2006) Geochemistry of tektites and impact glasses. I have avoided data for soils and unconsolidated sediments, monominerallic rocks (except chert, sandstone, limestone, hornblendite, magnesite), ores (except for some iron ores, because these are sometimes mistaken for meteorites), and geostandards that don’t have data for the elements that I plot here. A comparison of the bulk composition of the Earth and chondritic meteorites reveals both similarities and differences, with the Earth being more strongly depleted in the more volatile elements. Helium, neon, argon, nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen What percent of all meteorites are chondritic? Almost all meteorites contain The low-SiO2 terrestrial rocks are mainly limestones [low Fe2O3(T) + MgO] and iron ores [high Fe2O3(T) + MgO]. Each point represents a different meteorite. A chemical analysis is a good one because it’s cheaper to do than most of the other tests and it’s usually unambiguous (meaning, with a chemical analysis, I’m not likely to say, “I still don’t know” or “maybe.”). For convenience, however, I use Fe2O3 in the plots. 8) For the martian meteorites, eucrites, howardites, diogenites, and “other rare achondrites,” each point represents a meteorite or analysis. Their heavy mineral composition (iron and nickel) often allows them to survive the harsh plummet through Earth’s atmosphere without breaking into smaller pieces. olivine crystals. Stony-Iron Meteorite: A sea of gold and orange olivine crystals (the gemstone peridot) lie suspended in a matrix of extraterrestrial iron-nickel in this polished slice of the Imilac pallasite, first discovered in Chile's remote Atacama Desert in 1822. When cut and polished into thin slabs, the crystals in pallasites become The composition of meteorites that found on Earth, informs us about the history and development of asteroids, since they are the fragments of asteroids. Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Classification methodology has changed The major portion of these meteorites consists of the silicate minerals olivine, pyroxene, and plagioclase feldspars. Do we really find lunar and martian rocks on the surface of our own planet? In financial terms lunar and Martian specimens are among the most valuable and approximately thirty Martian meteorites (SNCs) have been discovered on earth, and they Iron meteorites are subdivided into black matrix when cut and polished-the seemingly random mixture of inclusions leading 4-1–4-195, Mineralogical Society of America, Washington. When fresh, they often have a smooth brown to black fusion crust similar to that around iron meteorites or achondrites. The most Cr-poor meteorites are the feldspathic lunar meteorites, which have high concentrations of Al2O3 and CaO. He was born in New York City, raised in London, England, and now makes his home in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. The Meteoritical Society originally named it "Meridiani Planum" after the location where it was found - this is the traditional naming convention for meteorites found on Earth. Lunar meteorites also have high concentrations of calcium (CaO) compared to most terrestrial rocks (except, of course, those rocks rich in calcite, like the limestones that plot around 50% CaO). Stone meteorites that contain these chondrules Comets. Of the thousands of officially cataloged The problem is that the concentrations of these elements are so low in achondrites (= meteorites that are not chondrites) that there are few data to plot. Eucrites are volcanic rocks from other bodies in the solar system, and Millbillillie is one of the very few meteorites which does not contain iron-nickel. Though irons may be and stone and are divided into two groups: pallasites and mesosiderites. It is often said that when the average person imagines what a meteorite looks An iron with very narrow bands, less than 1mm, would Iron Meteorite: Detail of a polished and etched slice from a siderite (iron) meteorite found in the Brenham, Kansas strewnfield in 2005 by professional meteorite hunter Steve Arnold. It also contains appendices of information about iron meteorites. If you have actually found a meteorite, it’s probably some kind of chondrite. Because they contain some of the same mineralogy - plagioclase, pyroxene, olivine, etc., weathering can cause most that have been here for a while to look like Earth rocks. 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