Meteorite Identification Pictures

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Meteorites are "rocks", not from Earth, but from somewhere in the solar system.

Because they contain some of the same mineralogy - plagioclase, pyroxene, olivine, etc., weathering can cause them to look like Earth rocks. Similarly, the weathering of Earth rocks can make some resemble meteorites.

All of the pictures on this page are of authenticated and well-studied meteorites.

As you can see from the pictures that follow, they all look different; there is no single "general" appearance. Maybe you have found a rock that looks like one of them or maybe you found a rock that looks differently than any other rocks in the area. Perhaps the rock you found is a little heavier or has an exterior that is darker than others. This is how most meteorites are found - by someone who notices something different or odd about a rock and decides to have it checked.

 
   
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Abee, Canada, EH4 chondrite. Fell 1952 Adzhi-Bogdo, Mongolia, H6-3 chondrite Allende, Mexico, CV3 carbonaceous chondrite, Fell 1969
     
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Andover, Maine, L6 chondrite, Fell 1898 Bison, Kansas, LL6 chondrite, found 1958 Bruderheim, Canada, L6 chondrite, Fell 1960
     
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Cat Mountain, Arizona, L5 chondrite, found 1981 Claxton, Georgia, L6 chondrite, Fell 1984 Cleo Springs, Oklahoma, H4, found 1960
     
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Bruderheim, Canada, L6 chondrite, Fell 1960 Danville, Alabama, L6 chondrite, Fell 1868 Del Rio, Texas, IIF Iron meteorite, found 1965
     
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Admire, Kansas, Pallasite, found 1881 Farmington, Kansas, L5 chondrite, Fell 1890 Allen, Texas, H4 chondrite, found 1923
     
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Parnallee, India, LL3.6 chondrite, Fell 1857 Pillistfer, Estonia, EL6 chondrite, Fell 1863 Selma, Alabama, H4 chondrite, found 1906
     
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Vulcan, Canada, H6 chondrite, found 1962 Zagami, Nigeria, Achondrite, ASHE, Fell 1962 Bath, South Dakota, H4 chondrite, Fell 1892
     
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Apt, France, L6 chondrite, Fell 1803 Barbotan, France, H5 chondrite, Fell 1790 Cape of Good Hope, IVB Iron meteorite, found 1793
     
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Ensisheim, France, LL6, Fell 1492 Estherville, Iowa, Mesosiderite, Fell 1879 Kenna, New Mexico, Ureilite, Fell 1972
     
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Kesen, Japan, H4 chondrite, Fell 1850 Kyushu, Japan, L6 chondrite, Fell 1886 Mount Edith, Australia, IIIAB, found 1913
     
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Ozona, Texas, H6 chondrite, found 1929 Ankobar, Ethiopa, H4 chondrite, Fell 1942 Mullberry Draw, Texas, L5 chondrite, found 1963
     
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Palodura, Texas, IIIE iron, found 1935 Pipe Creek, Texas, H6 chondrite, found 1887 Plains, Texas, H5 chondrite, found 1964
     
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Umbarger, Texas, L3/6 chondrite, found 1954 Wayside, Texas, H6 chondrite, found 1973 Wellington, Texas, H5 chondrite, found 1955
     
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Wellman (a), Texas, H5 chondrite, Found 1940 Dresden, Canada, H6 chondrite, Fell 1939 Belle Plaine, Texas, L6 chondrite, Found 1950
     
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Clovis (no.1), New Mexico, H3.6 chondrite, found 1961 Eagle, Nebraska, EL6 chondrite, Fell 1946 Comanche, Texas, L5 chondrite, found 1956
     
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Siena, Italy, LL5 chondrite, Fell 1794 Kerilis, France, H5 chondrite, Fell 1874 Chico, New Mexico, L6 chondrite, Found 1954
     
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Alamogodo, New Mexico, H5 chondrite, found 1938 Allegan, Michigan, H5 chondrite, Fell 1899 Burnabbie, Australia, H5 chondrite, 1965
   
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Weston, Connecticut, H4 chondrite, Fell 1807 Sand Creek, Kansas, H5 chondrite, found 1986 Morton, Texas, H6 chondrite, found 1980
     
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Beaver, Oklahoma, L5 chondrite, found 1940 Bjurbole, Finland, LL4 chondrite, Fell 1899 Barratta, Australia, L4 chondrite, found 1845
     
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Zag, Morocco, H3-6 chondrite, Fell 1998 Billygoat Donga, Australia, L6 chondrite, found 1962 Cole Creek, Nebraska, H5 chondrite, found 1991
     
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Beaver Creek, Canada, H5 chondrite, Fell 1893 Cumberland Falls, Kentucky, Aubrite, Fell 1919 Blackwell, Oklahoma, L5 chondrite, Fell 1906
     
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Carnegie, Oklahoma, L6 chondrite, found 1963 Belly River, Canada, H6 chondrite, found 1943 Beyrout, Lebanon, LL3.8 chondrite, Fell 1921
     
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Girgenti, Italy, L6 chondrite, Fell 1853 Marion, Iowa, L6 chondrite, Fell 1847 Ausson, France, L5 chondrite, Fell 1858
     
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Abernathy, Texas, L6 chondrite, found 1941 Adrian, Texas, H4 chondrite, found 1936 Ashmore, Texas, H5 chondrite, found 1969
     
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Bledsoe, Texas, H4 chondrite, found 1970 Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, L6 chondrite, Fell 1923 Briscoe, Texas, L5 chondrite, found 1940
     
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Modoc, Kansas, L6 chondrite, Fell 1905 Brownfield, Texas, H3.7 chondrite, found 1937 Brownfield 1964, Texas, H5 chondrite, found 1964
     
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Hayes Center, Nebraska, L6 chondrite, found1941 Nardoo (1), Australia, H5 chondrite, found 1944 Berduc, Argentina, L6 chondrite, Fell 2008
     
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Battle Mountain, Nevada, L6 chondrite, Fell 2012 Alfianello, Italy, L6 chondrite, Fell 1883 Ash Creek, Texas, L6 chondrite, Fell 2009
     
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Imilac (whole), Chile, Palasite, found 1822 Kosice, Slovakia, H5 chondrite, Fell 2010 Chelybinsk, Russia, LL5 chondrite, Fell 2013
     
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Harleton, Texas, L6 chondrite, Fell 1961 Bensour, Algeria, LL6 chondrite, Fell 2002 Breja, Algeria, LL6, 2010
     
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Sylacauga, Alabama, H4 chondrite, Fell 1954 Buzzard Coulee, Canada, H4 chondrite, Fell 2008 Dong Ujimqin Qi, China, Mesosiderite, Fell 1995
   
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Mossgiel, Australia, L4 chondrite, found 1967 Forestburg (a), Texas, L4 chondrite, found 1957 Chergach, Mali, H5 chondrite, Fell 2007
     
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Norton County, Kansas, Aubrite, Fell 1948 Bondoc, Philippines, Mesosiderite, found 1956 New Deal, Texas, H6 chondrite, found 2010
     
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Imilac, Chile, Pallasite, found 1822 Karoonda, Australia, carbonaceous chondrite, CK4, Fell 1930 Slovak, Arkansas, H5 chondrite, found 1962
     
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Arriba, Colorado, L5 chondrite, found 1936 Bishopville, South Carolina, Aubrite, Fell 1843 Kelly, Colorado, LL4 chondrite, found 1937
     
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Marilia, Brazil, H4 chondrite, Fell 1971 Julesburg, Colorado, L3.6 chondrite, found 1983 Burns Flat, Oklahoma, L6 chondrite, found 1971
     
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Elm Creek, Kansas, H4 chondrite, found 1906 Salla, Finland, L6 chondrite, found 1963 Thika, Kenya, L6 chondrite, Fell 2011
     
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Juvinas, France, Eucrite, Fell 1821 Reid 013, Australia, Brachinite, found 1991 Grayton, Florida, H5 chondrite, found 1983
   
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Bluff (a),Texas, L5, found 1878 Bluff (b) Texas, L4, found 1917, Axtel Texas, CV3, found 1943
     
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Burkett, Texas, IA, found 1913 Brownfield 1937, Texas, found 1937 Brownfield 1964, Texas, H5, found 1964
     
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Bartlett, Texas, IIIAB, found 1938 Allen, Texas, H4, found 1923 Barwise, Texas, H5, found 1950
     
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Dalhart, Texas, H5, found 1968 Blanket, Texas, L6, Fell 1909 Calliham, Texas, H4, found 1923
     
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Orgueil, France, CI1, Fell 1894 Bonita Springs, Florida, H5, found 1938 Katol, India, L6, Fell 2012
     
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Nakhla, Egypt, ANAK, Fell 1911 Al Rais, Saudi Aribia, CR2-AN, Fell 1957 Estherville iron "pellet", Iowa, Mesosideerite, Fell 1879
     
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Ovid, Colorado, H6, found 1939 Waconda, Kansas, L6, found 1873 Tolar, H4, found 1972
     
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Wiluna, Australia, H5, Fell 1967 Tuxtuac, Mexico, LL5, Fell 1975 West Forrest, Australia, H5, found 1971
     
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Owasco, Nebraska, L6, found 1984 Stalldalen, Sweden, H5, 1876 Gross-Divina, Slovakia, H5, Fell 1837
     
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Plainview 1917, Texas, H5, 1917 Rowton, England, IIIAB, Fell 1876 Trenzano, Italy, H3/4, Fell 1856
     
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Walters, Oklahoma, L6, Fell 1946 Wellman (c) Texas, H4, 1964 Warden, Australia, H5, 1989
     
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Wethersfield 1982, Connnecticut, L6, 1982 Melrose (a) New Mexico, L5, 1933 Glorietta Mountain, New Mexico, Pallasite, 1884
     
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Orange River, Africa, IIIB 1855 Taiban, New Mexico, L5, 1934 Staunton, Virginia, IIIE, 1869
     
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Jelica, Serbia, LL6, found 1889 Estacado, Texas, H6, found 1883 Edmonson (b), Texas, H4, found 1981
     
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Edmonson (a), Texas, H4 found 1981 Collescipoli, Italy, H5, Fell 1890 Mossgiel, Australia, L4, found 1967
     
     

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