HOW DO METEORITES COST?
At the low end of the pricing scale are ordinary chondrites. All meteorites are rare, so the term “ordinary” can be a little misleading to the beginning collector. Ordinary chondrites, or OCs, are the most abundant type of meteorite, but they are still much rarer than gold. Chondrites contain chondrules, which pre-date the formation of the solar system we know today. Chondrites were once part of the crust of a large asteroid or planet, and are undifferentiated. In other words, their ancient chondrules have not been altered by heat or pressure. During the 1990s large numbers of ordinary chondrites (along with rarer types of meteorites) were found in the hot deserts of North Africa. Many of these stones were discovered by wandering nomads, so the exact find locations will never be known. Stones that were found in the African deserst and have not been studied by academia are described as unclassified Northwest African stones, or NWA XXX. Meteorites are typically sold by weight, and dealer