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Meteorites in Ohio

Dayton meteorite (cut)

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

Map of Ohio Meteorites

Meteorite Listing

Anderson (Turner Mounds)

County: Hamilton
Date: prehistoric
Total mass recovered (kg): 0.85
Class: stony-iron

Cincinnati

County: Hamilton
Date: 1870
Total mass recovered (kg): 1‒2
Class: iron
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Dayton

County: Montgomery
Date: 1892
Total mass recovered (kg): 26.3
Class: iron
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Enon

County: Clark
Date: ca.1883
Total mass recovered (kg): 0.76
Class: stony-iron

Fairfield

County: Butler
Date: 1974
Total mass recovered (kg): 1.6
Class: iron
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Gahanna

County: Franklin
Date: 1950
Total mass recovered (kg): 1.2
Class: iron

Hopewell Mounds

County: Ross
Date: prehistoric
Total mass recovered (kg): 0.13
Class: stony-iron
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Kossuth

County: Auglaize
Date: 1975
Total mass recovered (kg): 5.9
Class: iron
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New Concord

County: Muskingum/Guernsey
Date: 1860
Total mass recovered (kg): 227
Class: stony
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New Westville

County: Preble
Date: 1941
Total mass recovered (kg): 4.8
Class: iron
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Powellsville

County: Scioto
Date: 1990
Total mass recovered (kg): 4.31
Class: stony

Pricetown

County: Highland
Date: 1893
Total mass recovered (kg): 0.9
Class: stony

Tarlton

County: Fairfield
Date: 1967
Total mass recovered (kg): 0.227
Class: stony
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Wooster

County: Wayne
Date: 1858
Total mass recovered (kg): 22.5
Class: iron
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Anderson (Turner Mounds) and Hopewell Mounds are fragments of the Brenham (Kansas) meteorite.