Meteorite and Crater
Item: 155.1 Dimensions: 120 x 110 x 70 mm Weight: 2.53 kg
One meteorite made an impact crater in the road near the corner of Kilgore and 18th Street, Portales, NM. We cut it from the road and preserved it.
Partial/complete: Complete
Cube: ~15mm x 15mm x 15mm ≈ 15mm3

Portales Valley

Country: USA
Region: New Mexico
Fell: 1998, June 13, 07:30
Group: Stone-iron
Type: Chondrite
Class: H6
Total known weight: 71.4 kg

Portales Valley is an extra-ordinary chondrite. The classification H6 based upon the olivine fayalite, is an over simplification of a complex meteorite. More appropriately classified an H7, metallic-melt breccia with affinities towards the metal-rich primative achondrites. (MaPS 40). About half of the meteorites recovered from this fall are considered metal-rich containing up to 50% metal arranged as a medium octahedrite which is unpresidented in type H ordinary chondrites. We have preserved a impact pit or crater (if you will) caused by a 2.53 kg specimen that landed in a paved county road.

Portales Valley Specimens in Our Collection