Selection of Brecciated Chondrites

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A selection of well-preserved chondrites. These chondrites were found in Northwest Africa, and fall within the L4-6 type. Their official name is North West Africa 869, often abbreviated to NWA 869. L type chondrites are the second most common group of meteorites. L chondrites get their name from the low levels of iron found in the meteorite, in comparison to H chondrites, which have a high level.

Previous collection label states the pieces were found near Tindouf, Algeria in 1999. General region and dates for NWA 869 fall within the 1999/2000 and North West Africa scope.

Date: Circa 500 million years ago
Period: Ordovician Period, Paleozoic Era
Provenance: From a Surrey gentleman's collection (DG), purchased on the London Art Market from an ADA member, formed 1990's onward. Found in 1999, Tindouf, Algeria,
Condition: Very fine.
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Chondrites are stony meteorites, formed as different types of dust and small grains combine. They form the most abundant meteorite class, constituting over 80% of meteorite falls. These chondrite falls range massively in size: from a singular stone to showers of thousands of stones.

Chondrites are distinguishable by their composition – they are made up of chondrules, which are molten or partially molten droplets. Chondrites are believed to be one of the oldest solid materials in the Solar System – studying them can provide very valuable insight into the formation of our planetary system.

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