Classification led by Cesca Willcocks
Come from a Land down under
This meteorite is one of many meteorites found on the Nullarbor plain, Australia. This one in particular was found in May 2012. Having spent a substantial amount of time in the outback, Nullarbor meteorites are no stranger to terrestrial weathering and are often orange with rust and dust from the desert.
The Nullarbor Plain is just one example of a great place to look for meteorites. When searching for meteorites it is beneficial to go somewhere where the environment doesn't change greatly, so any stones that aren't originally from there are easily identifiable. Places such as Antarctica are also key targets for meteorite hunts and are often visited by teams of planetary scientists with the aim to grow our global meteorite collection.
a Relatively pristine meteorite
16512A had an abundance of small, neat chondrules across a range of different types. Not only did 16512A have chondrules such as Porphyritic Olivine (PO), Porphyritic Pyroxene (PP) and Barred Olivine (BO), it also contained feldspathic chondrules that appear in ordinary chondrites type 4-6.
Layered element map of 16512A