These meteorites are the same as the Sahara chondrite meteorites, except that they have been cut open and polished to expose the chondrules inside and to allow you to see the fusion crust in a different way. The chondrules are rounded mineral grains and vary in colour.
These meteorites were discovered in the Sahara desert and are part of a huge strewn field (the area over which fragments of a larger meteorite have fallen). Meteorites from this region are often named with the designation “NWA” which stands for North West Africa. Although some NWA meteorites are further identified with classification numbers (such as the Martian Shergottite Meteorite samples), these samples are otherwise unclassified and considered to be “ordinary” chondrite meteorites.
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A video showing the cut and polished Sahara Chondrite Meteorite.
(Credit: National Space Centre)
Last updated: 03 October 2018