Gove Meteorite

Gove Meteorite Quick Facts

  • Name: Gove
  • Year Discovered: 1979
  • Approximate Recovery Location: Northern Territory Australia
  • Precise Recovery Location: (-12.26333, 136.83833)
  • Mass: 0 grams
  • Classification: Relict iron
  • Discovery Type: Found
  • Condition: Relict

More Details About the Gove Meteorite

The Gove meteorite was discovered in 1979. It was recovered in Northern Territory Australia (-12.26333, 136.83833). It has a mass of 0 grams.

Gove is considered a “Relict” 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.

Gove’s official classification is Relict iron. The “Relict iron” classification describes a meteorite that was originally an iron meteorite, predominantly composed of iron and nickel metal, but has since undergone significant alteration. This meteorite is now primarily made up of secondary minerals, formed due to processes it experienced on the body where it was found, making it a relict of its original iron meteoritic form.

The Gove 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: 1/11/24

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