Meteorites are fragments of asteroids or comets that have entered Earth's atmosphere and reached the ground intact. Scientists analyze their chemical and mineralogical properties for clues as to how Earth and other bodies in our solar system formed. They range in size from dust-sized particles to large masses.
Meteorites generally fall into one of three classes:
- Stony meteorites, which are rich in silicate minerals.
- Iron meteorites, which are enriched with native iron alloyed with nickel.
- Stony-iron meteorites, which are mixtures of the previous two classes.
Ohio has 14 confirmed meteorites. A recovered meteorite is identified as either a fall or a find. A meteorite identified as a fall means that the specimen was observed falling through the atmosphere just prior to being discovered. A find is a meteorite that was not observed descending through Earth's atmosphere and was recovered at some point in time after landing.
Map of Ohio Meteorites
Anderson (Turner Mounds)✝
Total mass recovered (kg): 0.85
Total mass recovered (kg): 1‒2
Total mass recovered (kg): 26.3
Total mass recovered (kg): 0.76
Total mass recovered (kg): 1.6
Total mass recovered (kg): 1.2
Total mass recovered (kg): 0.13
Total mass recovered (kg): 227
Total mass recovered (kg): 4.8
Total mass recovered (kg): 4.31
Total mass recovered (kg): 0.9
Total mass recovered (kg): 0.227
Total mass recovered (kg): 22.5
✝Anderson (Turner Mounds) and Hopewell Mounds are fragments of the Brenham (Kansas) meteorite.