635 gram Chondrite Meteorite, found in Morocco in 2016

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635 gram Chondrite Meteorite, found in Morocco in 2016

This large example of a Chondrite meteorite fell to Earth in 2016, landing in Morocco. It weighs 635 grams and is the largest and heaviest Chondrite meteorite we have ever offered for sale.

It stands 8.2cm Tall, 7cm wide and 7.3cm deep.

Chondrites are meteorites with such low metallic content that they are often referred to a stony meteorites. They are thought to have formed when particles of dust and other small materials from the early days of the solar system were accreted together to form small asteroids. 

Chondrites are the most common type of meteorite to fall to Earth and represent over 80% of all the meteorites which fall. Scientists consider them to be of immense value in that they provide valuable clues for understanding the origin of our solar system and its age.

What makes these different from Iron meteorites is the low Iron and Nickel content and they get their name from the presence of Chondrules. These are small grains of distinctive minerals which generally form between 20% and 80% of a Chondrite meteorite.

As Chondrites are the most common form of meteorite to fall to Earth, its no surprise to find that there are over 27,000 of them in collections world-wide.

According to Wikipedia, the largest individual piece of Chondrite meteorite ever recovered weighs in at a massive 1770kg and was part of a shower of meteorites that fell in Jilin, Northern China during 1976.

Chondrites may fall to Earth as single stones or in showers of hundreds or thousands of stones such as the Holbrook fall in 1912 where it was estimated that 14,000 stones fell like rain on Northern Arizona.