Zinder Meteorite

Zinder Meteorite Quick Facts

  • Name: Zinder
  • Year Discovered: 1999
  • Approximate Recovery Location: QXM8+8M Zinder, Niger
  • Precise Recovery Location: (13.78333, 8.96667)
  • Mass: 46 grams
  • Classification: Pallasite, ungrouped
  • Discovery Type: Found
  • Condition: Valid

More Details About the Zinder Meteorite

The Zinder meteorite was discovered in 1999. It was recovered in QXM8+8M Zinder, Niger (13.78333, 8.96667). It has a mass of 46 grams.

Zinder 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.

Zinder’s official classification is Pallasite, ungrouped. The classification “Pallasite, ungrouped” is given to a rare type of meteorite known as a pallasite, which is characterized by a unique mix of metallic components and silicate minerals, typically olivine grains. This particular pallasite does not fit into the known main groups or subgroups, such as the Eagle Station grouplet, and is therefore categorized as ungrouped, indicating its distinct and unique characteristics compared to other classified pallasites.

The Zinder 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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