Canyon Diablo Meteorite

Canyon Diablo Meteorite Quick Facts

  • Name: Canyon Diablo
  • Year Discovered: 1891
  • Approximate Recovery Location: Coconino County Arizona United States
  • Precise Recovery Location: (35.05, -111.03333)
  • Mass: 30000000 grams
  • Classification: Iron, IAB-MG
  • Discovery Type: Found
  • Condition: Valid

More Details About the Canyon Diablo Meteorite

The Canyon Diablo meteorite was discovered in 1891. It was recovered in Coconino County Arizona United States (35.05, -111.03333). It has a mass of 30000000 grams.

Canyon Diablo is considered a “Valid” meteorite. “Valid” meteorites are typical meteorites with average weathering, while “relict” meteorites are those that have been extremely altered, either due to weathering over time or human intervention.

Canyon Diablo’s official classification is Iron, IAB-MG. The classification “Iron, IAB-MG” refers to an iron meteorite that belongs to the main group (MG) within the IAB complex. Iron meteorites are primarily composed of iron and nickel metals that solidified from a molten state, and the IAB complex encompasses various groups of these meteorites, with the main group being one of them.

The Canyon Diablo meteorite is a “Found” meteorite. Meteorites are classified as “falls” if they were observed falling and recovered, while “finds” are those discovered later, often weathered by longer exposure to Earth’s environment and without a record of being seen as they fell.

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Last Updated: 1/10/24

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