Large Stony Meteorite with Fusion Crust
Unclassified NWA Stony
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Discovered by nomadic Berbers in the sands of the Sahara Desert of Morocco, this unclassified stony meteorite is probably an ordinary chondrite which means that it consists of round silicate grains that formed at the very beginning of the solar system 4.55 billion years ago from molten globs of accreted material which stuck together to form the asteroid from which this meteorite was blasted off when two asteroids collided. The specimen displays a virtually complete thin dark brown fusion crust which was produced when the meteorite broke up and ablated at high temperature as it passed through Earth's atmosphere. There is an interesting group of regmaglypts resembling a flower and the bottom of the meteorite features a 2 x1.5-inch window, which has been cut and polished to show the dark brown interior with chondrules and flecks of iron-nickel.
Weighs 6 pounds; measures 5 x 5 x 4in