This meteorite fell June 13, 1998 in Roosevelt County New Mexico near the town of Portales.   It is a very unusual meteorite as specimens range from stone to iron with others being a combination of both. 

Portales Valley - Not just an ordinary Chondrite.  Article by A. Ruzicka et al. (2005), which referres
to PV by a new term -- H-chondrite, metallic-melt breccia.




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pv491a.JPG (139883 bytes)  Looking down at the nose.  pv491b.JPG (115575 bytes)  Back.

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Shown above is a 491 gram oriented, fusion crusted, individual.  A mixture of iron and stone with ribs of metal poking into the fusion crust.



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  Slice polished.        Slice etched.        Closeup of etch.

Pictured above is a 289 gram complete slice of the iron stone mixture.  The slice was first polished as shown in the first photo and then etched.



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Shown above is an example of the stone variety of Portalles Valley.   This complete individual weighs 293 gram and measures 67 mm by 62 mm by 49 mm.



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89 gram complete slice of the stone variety of Portales Valley.


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