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Number of Meteorite Falls and Finds

This table records the number and mass of meteorites that had fallen or been found prior to 1972. The information comes from The Handbook of Iron Meteorites by Vagn Buchwald, (University of California Press, 1975). The types listed on this table are more fully explained on the Meteorite Classification Table.

Meteorite Finds and Falls

Chondrites

Letter
Designation

Falls
Number

Falls
Kg

Finds
Number

Finds
Kg

Total
Number

Total
Kg

Percent
Falls

E3 1 4 Kg 0 0 Kg 1 1 Kg 100%
E4 2 142 Kg 3 1 Kg 5 143 Kg 80%
E5 2 28 Kg 0 0 Kg 2 28 Kg 100%
E6 6 52 Kg 2 7 Kg 8 59 Kg 75%
Total
Enstatite
Chondrites
11 226 Kg 5 8 Kg 16 234 Kg 69%
H3 4 40 Kg 5 309 Kg 9 349 Kg 44%
H4 16 985 Kg 21 266 Kg 37 1251 Kg 43%
H5 53 1057 Kg 23 210 Kg 76 1267 Kg 70%
H6 30 486 Kg 14 871 Kg 44 11357 Kg 68%
H? 121 869 Kg 163 1305 Kg 284 2174 Kg 43%
Total
Bronzite
Chondrites
224 3437 Kg 226 2961 Kg 450 6398 Kg 50%
L3 8 71 Kg 2 60 Kg 10 131 Kg 80%
L4 11 719 Kg 10 478 Kg 21 1197 Kg 52%
L5 23 862 Kg 21 494 Kg 44 1356 Kg 52%
L6 107 3118 Kg 48 1555 Kg 155 4673 Kg 69%
L? 107 854 Kg 124 1299 Kg 231 2153 Kg 46%
Total
Hypersthene
Chondrites
256 5624 Kg 205 3886 Kg 461 9510 Kg 56%
LL3 5 90 Kg 0 0 Kg 5 90 Kg 100%
LL4 1 80 Kg 1 44 Kg 2 124 Kg 50%
LL5 7 181 Kg 2 3 Kg 9 184 Kg 78%
LL6 16 669 Kg 4 46 Kg 20 715 Kg 80%
LL? 20 9 Kg 8 123 Kg 28 602 Kg 71%
Total
Amphoterites
49 1499 Kg 15 216 Kg 64 1715 Kg 77%
Carbonaceous
Chondrites
33 2543 Kg 3 34 Kg 36 2577 Kg 92%
Anomalous
Chondrites
1 1 Kg 2 26 Kg 3 27 Kg 33%
Total All
Chondrites
574 13330 Kg 456 7131 Kg 1030 20461 Kg 56%

Achondrites

Name
Designation

Falls
Number

Falls
Kg

Finds
Number

Finds
Kg

Total
Number

Total
Kg

Percent
Falls

Aubrites 8 1200 Kg 1 5 Kg 9 1205 Kg 89%
Diogenites 8 68 Kg 0 0 Kg 8 68 Kg 100%
Ureilites 3 5 Kg 3 4 Kg 6 9 Kg 50%
Howardites 17 34 Kg 2 7 Kg 19 41 Kg 89%
Eucrites 20 207 Kg 3 24 Kg 23 231 Kg 87%
Anomalous
Achondrites
4 51 Kg 1 1 Kg 5 52 Kg 80%
Total
Achondrites
60 1565 Kg 10 41 Kg 70 1606 Kg 86%

Irons

Chemical
Classification

Falls
Number

Falls
Kg

Finds
Number

Finds
Kg

Total
Number

Total
Kg

Percent
Falls

I 5 188 Kg 64 94500 Kg 69 94688 Kg 7%
I-Anom 2 107 Kg 17 7450 Kg 19 7557 Kg 11%
IIA 4 304 Kg 39 3259 Kg 43 3563 Kg 9%
IIB 1 23000 Kg 13 5089 Kg 14 28089 Kg 7%
IIC 0 0 Kg 7 201 Kg 7 201 Kg 0%
IID 2 66 Kg 9 1100 Kg 11 1166 Kg 18%
IIIA 4 32 Kg 113 100846 Kg 117 100878 Kg 3%
IIIB 1 63 Kg 39 28045 Kg 40 28108 Kg 3%
IIIC 1 1 Kg 5 144 Kg 6 145 Kg 17%
IIID 0 0 Kg 5 54 Kg 5 54 Kg 0%
IIIE 0 0 Kg 7 705 Kg 7 705 Kg 0%
IVA 1 4 Kg 38 22250 Kg 39 22254 Kg 3%
IVB 0 0 Kg 11 60487 Kg 11 60487 Kg 0%
Anomalous
Irons
4 46 Kg 88 74396 Kg 92 74442 Kg 4%
Irons
type?
7 87 Kg 45 32200 Kg 52 32287 Kg 13%
Total
Irons
32 23898 Kg 500 430726 Kg 532 454624 Kg 6%

Stony Irons

Name
Designation

Falls
Number

Falls
Kg

Finds
Number

Finds
Kg

Total
Number

Total
Kg

Percent
Falls

Pallasites 2 45 Kg 31 7162 Kg 33 7207 Kg 6%
Mesosiderites 6 479 Kg 14 1153 Kg 20 1632 Kg 3%
Anomalous
Stony Irons
1 1 Kg 5 224 Kg 6 225 Kg 17%
Total
Stony
Irons
9 525 Kg 50 8539 Kg 59 9064 Kg 15%
Many numbers in this table are estimates and others are dated. The purpose of this table is to show approximate distributions of finds and falls by type.



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