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The Lafayette Meteorite


The Lafayette meteorite

Meteorite: Lafayette
Location: Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Found: prior to 1931
Type: Nakhlite (SNC)

The exact location of where the Lafayette meteorite fell is not known. The meteorite sat unrecognized in the geological collections in Purdue University for an unknown number of years until it was recognized by O. Farrington in 1931. The 800 gram Lafayette meteorite is very similar to the Nakhla meteorite, which fell in Egypt in 1911.

TEM image of smectite clay and ferrihydrite in Lafayette
Photo courtesy of Johnson Space Center

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