Zelfana Meteorite

Zelfana Meteorite Quick Facts

  • Name: Zelfana
  • Year Discovered: 2002
  • Approximate Recovery Location: Ouargla Algeria
  • Precise Recovery Location: (32.15833, 4.63333)
  • Mass: 1058 grams
  • Classification: L5
  • Discovery Type: Found
  • Condition: Valid

More Details About the Zelfana Meteorite

The Zelfana meteorite was discovered in 2002. It was recovered in Ouargla Algeria (32.15833, 4.63333). It has a mass of 1058 grams.

Zelfana 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.

Zelfana’s official classification is L5. The “L5” classification identifies a meteorite as part of the low-iron L group of ordinary chondrites, characterized by moderate-sized chondrules and distinct oxygen isotope ratios. This type 5 meteorite has undergone significant heat metamorphism, resulting in homogenized minerals and less distinct chondrule outlines.

The Zelfana 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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