Ever wanted to know where meteorites come from? Ever wonder how meteorites get here on Earth? You’re not alone…
Meteorites are perhaps the most fascinating rocks on the face of the planet. They are extraterrestrial treasures that could bring with them answers to mysteries millions of years old. Meteorites help us learn how the universe was formed and perhaps how complex life originated on Earth. Some meteorites such as the Murchison and the Allende carbonaceous chondrites meteorites contain within them some of the most primitive matter in our galaxy and certainly and most astonishing are older than the Earth itself.
Alien rocks from space like the ALH 84001 (Alan Hills Antarctica Mars meteorite) show possible signs of life from another planet right here in our solar system. It’s still debated that this is proof of life but one things for sure, this helps us better understand out universe even if it does pose more questions than answers.
If meteorites are as facinating to you as they are for us in the meteorite community then you’ll most likely find the information below very helpful in your study of meteorites. The meteorite information organized here is categorized into 3 main areas, meteorite articles and photos describing everything from how to identify meteorites, the three main types of meteorites, and finally, links to other websites with a plethora of other helpful meteorite information to help you in your research.
Hopefully you’ll find this page useful and educational enough to bookmark it so you can come back and learn more about meteorites and their origin.
Meteorites come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Most notably iron, stony iron, and stone chondrite meteorites. The minerals that meteorites are made of are found here on Earth but are rare. Even iron ore is rare on Earth except in rich deposits scattered across the planet.
Meteorites contain nickel, iron, and gems like olivine. This is fascinating but don’t think your going to get rich mining diamonds from meteorite as they are normally so small the only real value they hold is to the scientific world.
The most common form of gem mineral that is found in meteorite is olivine, and even this is rare in meteorites. Olivine is found mostly in Pallasite Meteorites such as the Brenham pallasite and in the case of the Imilac pallasite meteorite the olivine can be gem quality.
Pallasite meteorites are very highly sought after space rocks, and collectors worldwide cherish this pieces. They are among the rarest types of meteorites on the planet. Iron meteorites make up only about 5% to 8% of all meteorite falls and pallasites even less than that.
Ordinary chondrites are stone type meteorites are the most common. Chondrite meteorites, even though they
are the most common do include some rare sub types as well. Meteorites Australia has a very nice selection of photographs depicting many different types of chondrite meteorites and view of their interior structures.
What Are Meteorites? According to the Center For meteorite Studies at Arizona State University “…A meteorite is a solid body from outer space that has fallen to the Earth’s surface…”
When you consider that meteorites have been floating around our solar system for millions of years before falling to Earth’s surface it adds a new spin on things. Most people know what a meteorite is and have a pretty good idea of where they come from, but when asked how old they are or what they are made of, most people don’t really know. It’s not until you really start studying rocks from space, that you really open a whole new world of information and a universe filled with knowledge.
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Fireballs & Meteors: Article on meteors, their origin, the fireballs they produce and what happens after after impact.
Report A Fireball: This is our exclusive meteor fireball report form where can report a fireball to Meteorites USA for study and research. Reports are posted live to the site for research and study purposes and to provide the most up to date information possible. Current fireball reports can be read here.
Iron Meteorites: Article and links to other informative meteorite websites.
Stony Iron Meteorites: Article and links to other informative meteorite websites.
Chondrite Meteorites: Article and links to other informative meteorite websites.
What Is A Meteorite? : Article with photos and descriptions.
11 Reasons Why Everyone Should Own A Meteorite : List of reason why you should own a meteorite.
How Much Are Meteorites Worth? : Informative article on how a meteorite is valued.
Where To Find Meteorites : Article on where meteorites are located.
How To Find Meteorites : Article on how to find meteorites.
How To Identify Meteorites : Informative short article with links to other websites for meteorite indentification.
Meteorite Hunting In The Desert : Hunting for meteorites in the desert of the southwest.
Hunting The Franconia & Gold Basin Strewnfields : An account of my first Gold Basin meteorite hunt and another hunt in the Franconia strewnfield.