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A Pictorial of Primitive Type-3 Chondrites
in the Meteorites Australia Collection

Some of the most strikingly beautiful and interesting meteorites can be from the classification known as "Type-3" Chondrites. These meteorites can represent a relatively unaltered sample of some of the earliest formed materials in our solar system.

The round forms that make up much of these meteorites are called 'chondrules' which vary widely in colour, size and type. These formed in the nebula as our sun and solar system formed billions of years ago. Many other interesting inclusions can also be found within these ancient messengers from space as can be seen in the photographs presented below. Clicking a thumbnail will open a pop-up window which can be used for the enlargement of all the images. Holding/hovering the mouse pointer over an image will give you the specimen's description.

The Type-3 classification system works by rating them from virtually unaltered (3.00) graduating through to the more altered (3.9). From here, the classifications move further into the more altered meteorites of Type 4, 5, 6 and 7. While Type-3 to 7 is reserved for meteorites that have undergone some thermal alteration, there are also the extremely primitive carbonaceous chondrites which are sometimes found in Type-1 and 2. These have generally only undergone aqueous alteration and no thermal changes. Type-2 Carbonaceous Chondrites will also be included below due to their primitive nature.

L3 Chondrites

JaH 026 (L3.1, S3,W3) 4.10g Endcut
JaH 026
(L3.1)
NWA 2118 (L3.1, S2, W3) 3.6g Half Slice
NWA 2118 (L3.1)
NWA 4438 (L3.1) 5.2g Half Individual.
NWA 4438 (L3.1)
NWA 5507 (L3.2) - 5.99g Complete Slice
NWA 5507 (L3.2)
NWA 5507 (L3.2) - 8.72g Complete Slice
NWA 5507 (L3.2)
NWA 5507 (L3.2) - 9.22g Complete Slice
NWA 5507 (L3.2)
Dhofar 008 (L3.2-3.3, S3, W2) 10.4g Partslice
Dhofar 008 (L3.3)
NWA 864 (L3.3) 7.60g Endcut
NWA 864 (L3.3)
NWA 2933 (L3.3 Regolith Breccia, S2, W2) 10.2g Slice
NWA 2933 (L3.3)
NWA 2667 (L3.4) 8.3g Complete Slice
NWA 2667 (L3.4)
NWA 2120 (L3.5, S2, W2) 8.5g Complete Slice
NWA 2120 (L3.5)
Dho 206 (L3.7, S1, W3) 24.9g Endcut
Dhofar 206 (L3.7)
Barratta (L3.8) 2.50g Partslice
Barratta (L3.8)
NWA 2385 (L3.8, S1, W2) 9.2g Half Slice
NWA 2385 (L3.8)
NWA 2704 (L3.8) - 20.9g Half Slice
NWA 2704 (L3.8)
Moorabie (L3.8, S4-5) 0.256g Partslice
Moorabie (L3.8)
NWA 3169 (L3.9, S2, W2) 10.70g Windowed Individual
NWA 3169 (L3.9)
NWA 2288 (L3) 9.41g Slice
NWA 2288 (L3)
NWA 4040 (L3) 21.71g Partslice
NWA 4040 (L3)
NWA 5477 (L3) - 12.824g Complete Slice.
NWA 5477 (L3)
NWA 5667 (L3) - 13.700g Complete Slice
NWA 5667 (L3)
NWA 5679 (L3) - 9.2g Complete Slice.
NWA 5679 (L3)
NWA 5701 (L3) - 17.21g Complete Slice.
NWA 5701 (L3)
 


LL3 Chondrites

NWA 5206 (LL3.05) - 6.47g Partslice
NWA 5206 (LL3.05)
NWA 5206 (LL3.05) - 17.54g Partslice
NWA 5206 (LL3.05)
NWA 1756 (LL3.10, S1, W1-2) - 2.0g Endcut
NWA 1756 (LL3.10)
NWA 3127 (LL3.1, S2, W3) 1.56g Partslice
NWA 3127 (LL3.1)
NWA 4560 (LL3.1, S2, W2) - 6.72g Complete Slice
NWA 4560 (LL3.1)
NWA 4560 (LL3.1, S2, W2) - 10.92g Complete Slice
NWA 4560 (LL3.1)
NWA 5731 (LL3.2) - 1.75g Partslice
NWA 5731 (LL3.2)
Sahara 98175 (LL3.5, S4, W1) 3.94g Endcut
Sahara 98175 (LL3.5)
NWA 2398 (LL3.5, S1, W2) 19.2g Endcut
NWA 2398 (LL3.5)
NWA 4522 (LL3.5) 12.2g Endcut
NWA 4522 (LL3.5)
NWA 4522 (LL3.5) 7.5g Complete Slice.
NWA 4522 (LL3.5)
NWA 1096 (LL3.6) 2.20g Complete Slice
NWA 1096
(LL3.6)
Parnallee (LL3.6) 2.20g Partslice
Parnallee (LL3.6)
Richfield (LL3.7) 16.00g Partslice
Richfield (LL3.7)
NWA 3110 (LL3.7, S2 ,W1) 9.10g Complete Slice
NWA 3110 (LL3.7)
NWA 3161 (LL3.7) 11.20g Complete Slice
NWA 3161 (LL3.7)
Talbachat n'at Isfoul / Tagounite 019 / TAG 019 (LL3.7) 8.2g Partslice
Talbachat n'at Isfoul (LL3.7)
NWA 3128 (LL3.8, S2, W1) 5.3g Partslice with (Pristine?) Xenoliths
NWA 3128 (LL3.8)
DAG 180 (LL3.9, S2 ,W3) 1.32g Endcut
DAG 180
(LL3.9)
NWA 3111 (LL3, S1, W1) 3.384g Partslice
NWA 3111 (LL3)
NWA 1933 (LL3, S2, W3) 7.60g Complete Slice
NWA 1933 (LL3)
NWA 3112 (LL3, S2) 2.074g Partslice
NWA 3112 (LL3)
NWA 1933 (LL3, S2 ,W3) 34.14g Half Individual
NWA 1933 (LL3)
NWA 5931 (LL3-6) - 14.2g Half Slice
NWA 5931 (LL3-6)
NWA 5931 (LL3-6) - 14.1g Partslice
NWA 5931 (LL3-6)
   


H3 Chondrites

Dho 207 (H3.4-3.5, S2, W1) 3.65g Partslice
Dhofar 207 (H3.4-3.5)
NWA 2738 (H3.5) - 91.54g Partslice
NWA 2738 (H3.5)
NWA 1289 (H3.8, S2, W5) 4.90g Slice
NWA 1289 (H3.8)
NWA 1709 (H3.X) 7.80g Main Mass (Final Sub-Group Classification Pending)
NWA 1709 (H3.8)
NWA 3346 (H3-5) - 54.7g Endcut
NWA 3346 (H3-5)
 


Transitional & Ungrouped Type-3 Chondrites

NWA 2490 (H/L3, S2, W3) 5.88g MAIN MASS
NWA 2490 (H/L3)
NWA 2892 (H/L3) 9.84g Complete Slice
NWA 2892 (H/L3)
NWA 2892 (H/L3) - 8.8g Endcut
NWA 2892 (H/L3)
NWA 1955 H/L3-4 4.90g Endcut
NWA 1955 (H/L3-4)
NWA 5554 (H/L3-6) - 34.97g Complete Slice.
NWA 5554 (H/L3-6)
NWA 3099 (L/LL3, S4, W1) 11.80g Slice from First/Original Stone
NWA 3099 (L/LL3)
Inman (L/LL3.2, S2) 0.932g Wedge
Inman (L/LL3.2)
SaU 089 (L/LL3.6-3.7, S2, W2) 0.96g Partslice
SaU 089 (L/LL3.6-3.7)
NWA 960 (H/L/LL3, S1, W1-2) 5.9g Endcut
NWA 960 (H/L/LL3)
NWA 960 (H/L/LL3, S1, W1-2) 1.8g Endcut
NWA 960 (H/L/LL3)
HaH 180 (Ungrouped Type-3 Chondrite, S2 ,W4) 2.90g Endcut
HaH 180 (Ungrouped 3.5)
 


Carbonaceous Chondrites

DAG 429 (C3, S1 ,W1) 1.426g Slice
DAG 429 (C3)
Coolidge (C3.8-4, S2) 0.276g Partslice
Coolidge (C3.8-4)
DAG 192 (CO3, S2 ,W2) 2.80g Endcut
DAG 192 (CO3)
NWA 2918 (CO3.0) 1.6g Slice
NWA 2918 (CO3.0
)
Ornans (CO3.2, S2, W2) 3.5g Endcut
NWA 4441 (CO3.2)
Ornans (CO3.3, S1, W0) 1.05g Partslice - CO Chondrite Type Specimen
Ornans (CO3.3)
NWA 062 (CO3.3, S1) 6.73g Half Slice
NWA 062 (CO3.3)
NWA 1277 (CO3.6) 6.8g Partslice
NWA 1277 (CO3.6)
NWA 1292 (CO3.6, S1 ,W1) 2.40g Complete Slice
NWA 1292 (CO3.6)
NWA 2733 (CO3.6) - 243.2g Main Mass
NWA 2733 (CO3.6)
NWA 1465 (C3 or Anomalous CV3, S4 ,W3) 3.00g Slice
NWA 1465 (Anomalous CV3)
NWA 2140 (CV3) 8.04g Endcut
NWA 2140 (CV3)
NWA 2224 (CV3) 27.80g Individual
NWA 2224 (CV3)
NWA 2140 (CV3) 1.31g Slice
NWA 2140 (CV3)
NWA 2086 (CV3, S1 ,W1) 2.36g Slice
NWA 2086 (CV3)
NWA 3118 (CV3) 7.7g Complete Slice with Dark Inclusion
NWA 3118 (CV3)
NWA 6030 (CV3) - 21.22g Complete Slice
NWA 6030 (CV3)
NWA 760 (CV3.4, S2 ,W2) 0.102g Partslice
NWA 760 (CV3.4)
Gujba (CB3a) 2.9g Slice
Gujba (CB3a)
NWA 4025 (CB3a, S3, W3) 2.05g Endcut
NWA 4025 (CB3a)
HaH 237 (CB3b) 2.83g Partslice.
HaH 237 (CB3b)
Isheyevo (CB3b, S1, W1) 2.6g Endcut
Isheyevo (CB3b)
SaU 290 (CH3) 2.38g Partslice
Sau 290 (CH3)
NWA 5797 (CM2) - 1.968g Partslice

NWA 5797 (CM2) 


Enstatite Chondrites

  Sahara 97079 (EH3) 12.5g Complete Slice
Sahara 97079 (EH3)
 


Rumurutiite Chondrites

NWA 5245 (R3) 10.155g Complete Slice
NWA 5245 (R3)
NWA 978 (R3.8) 5.3g Complete Slice
NWA 978 (R3.8)
NWA 2921 (R3.8) 19.5g Half Individual
NWA 2921 (R3.8)
NWA 978 (R3.8) 12.39g Endcut
NWA 978 (R3.8)
NWA 4814 (R3-6) - 9.371g Complete Slice.
NWA 4814 (R3-6)
 

 

 

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