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Origin of Meteorites

Structure and Composition of Meteorites

Impacting Meteorites and Their Craters

Frequency and Falls

The appearance of a freshly-fallen meteorite

Hunting for meteorites

Tests for suspected meteorite specimens

Meteor reports

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Credits and Acknowledgements


LEW 88763


Photograph of LEW 88763



Credits and Acknowledgements


© David A. Kring
World Wide Web Edition

Spanish Edition


The World Wide Web Edition of Meteorites and Their Properities is copyright © 1998 David A. Kring, and is based on the Second Edition of the print version of Meteorites and Their Properties.


HTML conversion and formatting by C. Schaller of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory's Science Curriculum To Go group. Image color balance by M. Newhouse and C. Schaller. (Added note: HTML formatting was updated at the LPI in 2014.)


Illustration Credits


The schematic illustration of the solar nebula has previously appeared in The Petrology of Meteoritic Chondrules: Evidence for Fluctuating Conditions in the Solar Nebula, the author's Ph.D. thesis. The photograph of Calcalong Creek is by D. Hill of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. The photograph of Meteor Crater is copyright © 1998 D. Durda, used with permission. All other illustrations are by the author or Maria Schuchardt, photographer for the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.




Professors W. V. Boynton, M. J. Drake, E. H. Levy, and T. D. Swindle graciously reviewed the text; their comments are gratefully acknowledged.


Spanish Language Translation


Antonio Parra provided the Spanish language translation of this text. Humberto Campins (LPL) reviewed the translation.


Sidebar Image


The image that appears in the left margin of the pages of Meteorites and Their Properties, is a photograph of a new achondrite from Antarctica, LEW 88763, shown here in full. This image is a microscopic view of the meteorite produced by shining polarized light through a very thin (30 millionths of a meter) slice of the rock. The different colors primarily represent different mineral compositions and crystal orientations.