World Map of Meteorite Locations

North American Strewn Field Ivory Coast Tektites Czech Tektites Indo-China Tektites Colombian Tektites Libyan Desert Glass (Tektites) Martian Meteorite - Zagama, Nigeria Martian Meteorite - Nakhla, Egypt Martian Meteorite - Shergotty, India Meteorites in the British Isles Vigrano, Italy Chinese Tektites Brunflo, Sweden Tysnes Is, Norway Bjurbole, Finland Sikote Alin, Russia Santa Catarina, Brazil Jbel Bana, Morocco Zagora, Morocco Luzon, Philippines Cape York, Greenland Cape Province, South Africa Asturias, Spain Steinbach, Germany Cronstad, South Africa Mbale, Uganda Khairpur, Pakistan Kapoeta, Sudan Uwet, Nigeria Goa, Burkina Faso Tatahouine, Tunisia Saratov, Russia Czech Meteorites French Meteorites Philippino Tektites Kabo, Nigeria Gibeon, Namibia Hoba, Namibia Jilin, China Nantan, China Supuhee, India Semarkona, India Antofagasta, Chile Imilac, Chile Taital, Chile Bahia Blanca, Argentina La Criolla, Argentina Indio Rico, Argentina Esquel Chubut, Argentina Antarctic Strewn Field Antarctic Strewn Field Australian Tektites Australasian Strewn Field Australasian Strewn Field Australasian Strewn Field Australasian Strewn Field Martian Meteorite - Chassigny, France Sargiin, Gobi Desert Bassikounou, Mauritania Grand Erg Occidental

What are Meteorites?

Meteorites are natural objects that spend most of their life floating through space. When in space they are called meteoroids; when they are observed passing through the Earth's atmosphere, they are called meteors. They only become meteorites once they land on Earth.

They are usually named after the place where they are seen to fall or were found and can weigh anything from a few grams to several tons. Sometimes, meteorites fall as individual stones, but often they fall as part of a "shower" of many separate objects. A meteor that starts off as a single object will often break up in the atmosphere into many separate pieces. If one of these is large enough to survive intact, it produces a crater on impact.

Meteorites come in three types:-

Some meteorites are given a classification suffix code. This is to show the type of meteorite that it is and takes the form of a letter - indicating the component constituents of the meteorite, followed by a number 1-6 indicating the the relative proportions of these constituents, For example:-

Stoney Meteorites containing an Olivine-Bronzite mix have an 'H' suffix, those with Olivine-Hypersthene have an 'L' suffix, those containing Enstatite have an 'E' suffix. Carbonaceous chondrites have the letters 'CV' or CK' followed by a number to show the 'type' of chondrite - compared to known specimens, and the amount of water/organic compounds they contain.

Iron Meteorites are classified with a Roman numeral I, II, or III, IV and a letter A, B, C. These denote their relative proportions of iron and nickel.

Most meteorites found on Earth are Stoney and thousands have been discovered over the centuries all over the world.

The largest known meteorite to date is at Hoba, Namibia - an iron meteorite weighing in at 60 tons.

The map above lists major meteorites and meteorite sites around the world. Click on one of the colour-coded dots for information about that place and the meteorite found there.

To help you understand the information provided on these web pages, click here for a glossary of the main terms used in connection with meteors.

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