Bondoc Meteorite Thin Section
4x/0.25, A3550UPA CCD 5MP, mesosiderite, named fall, polarized, scope2, wave retarder, zerene stacker

Bondoc Meteorite Thin Section

Bondoc Meteorite Thin Section

Bondoc Meteorite Thin Section

The Bondoc meteorite was a large and incredibly impressive recovery by Harvey Nininger from the island of Luzon, Philippines. This mesosiderite is displayed here as a thin section in cross polarized, 1/4 wave retarded light. The visuals are interesting, with black metal filaments stretching across the entire slide.

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NWA 4898 Meteorite Thin Section
4x/0.25, A3550UPA CCD 5MP, lunar, northwest africa, polarized, scope2, wave retarder, zerene stacker

NWA 4898 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 4898 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 4898 Meteorite Thin Section

Likely ejected from a lunar mare, NWA 4898 provides an exciting glimpse at the magma flows on the surface of our ancient partner. In particular, pay attention to the fascinating spherulitic objects scattered throughout the matrix. And be sure to read more on this incredible meteorite at Meteorite Studies and Randy Korotev’s site.

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Sahara 99544 Meteorite Thin Section
4x/0.25, A3550UPA CCD 5MP, carbonaceous, chondrite, polarized, scope2, wave retarder, zerene stacker

Sahara 99544 Meteorite Thin Section

Sahara 99544 Meteorite Thin Section

Sahara 99544

Thin section specimen of Sahara 99544 Meteorite seen in polarized light with a 1/4 wave retarder. Being a type CO3, there is an abundance of small diameter chondrules and olivine aggregates. In Norton’s The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites CO type chondrites are compared with CV type chondrites. Compare SAH 99544 with Allende, which is type CV. CO chondrules are on average 15% the size of CV chondrules. CO type specimens contain about half the volume percentage of CAIs when compared to the CV class.

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