Yayjinna Meteorite

Yayjinna Meteorite Quick Facts

  • Name: Yayjinna
  • Year Discovered: 1965
  • Approximate Recovery Location: Western Australia
  • Precise Recovery Location: (-32.03333, 126.175)
  • Mass: 262.5 grams
  • Classification: L6
  • Discovery Type: Found
  • Condition: Valid

More Details About the Yayjinna Meteorite

The Yayjinna meteorite was discovered in 1965. It was recovered in Western Australia (-32.03333, 126.175). It has a mass of 262.5 grams.

Yayjinna 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.

Yayjinna’s official classification is L6. The “L6” classification signifies a low-iron ordinary chondrite from the L group, characterized by a specific range of oxygen isotopes and moderate-sized chondrules. This type 6 meteorite has undergone extensive metamorphism, leading to uniform mineral composition, transformation of pyroxene types, and larger secondary minerals, while maintaining the original chondrule shapes without melting.

The Yayjinna 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: 1/18/24

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