4.65 Billion Old Chondrite Meteorite found in NWA Morocco - 89 Grams

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SKU BE 234
Dimensions (mm) 50 x 50 x 20mm
Weight (carats) 445 carats
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Chondrite Meteorite found in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

  • Chondrite Meteorites are charaterized by the presence of chondrules. These are tiny drops of mineral that cooled slowly enough to crystalize.

  • Chondrite meteorites are stony (non-metallic) and have not been modified, by either melting or differentiation of the parent body.

  • Even though chondrites are the most common type of meteorite, they are still rarer than diamonds.

  • Chondrites originated in the asteroid belt and are thought to be the oldest objects in the Solar System, dated around 4.65 billion years ago.

  • Found in the Western Sahara Desert, Morocco, we believe that this Chrondite Meteorite is most likely to be classified as a L3, based on most of the material found in the area.

  • Type L chondrites contain about 4–10% iron–nickel. Found as a free metal, these meteorites are magnetic.

Meteorite Source

South East of Dakhla; located in the Western Sahara Desert, Morocco. Latitude and longitude coordinates for Dakhla are: 30°24'38.56"N, 9°33'20.59"W.

Meteorites were found in this area between Imlili, Aousserd and Tichla.

We visited Morocco in 2007 and visited areas where meteorites were found, but they were extremely difficult to find. In several hours we only found one small meteorite. Two images enclosed when we went fossicking for meteorites.

 

Please copy and paste link to view our trip and recommend you add to your bucket list fossil tours!

https://www.gemrockauctions.com/learn/did-you-know/fossil-safari-dinosaurs-and-fossil-hunting-in-morocco

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