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There are now 29 meteorites known by chemical analysis to be pieces of the Red Planet Mars,

which have been launched from the surface Mars by an asteroid impact. The mean distance between the Earth and Mars is approximately of 78,300,000 km, that is, roughly half the distance from the Earth to the Sun.

As compared to the Moon, which is some 380,000 km away, Mars is at appr. 200 times the distance. Among the 27000 meteorites known on earth to date, only 33 were torn off on the surface of Mars by violent impacts.

These specimens are such the rarest matters on Earth.

The rocks then orbited the sun and hit the Earth as meteorites. The SNC's (Shergottite, Nakhlite, Chassignite)

have always been the most desired meteorites for collectors and are also some of the most valuable.

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How do we know these Mars  Meteorites are from Mars?

Science is almost certain the SNC Group of  meteorites derived from Mars because of their young ages, basaltic composition, and inclusion of gases with the same composition as the Mars atmosphere.

Composition of gases of Mars meteorites are almost identical to those of samples tested on the Mars surface by the Viking probe.

  Importance of carbonates found in Martian material and in Carbonaceous Chondrites (Thanks to fas.org site)


Mars - grundlegende Daten


Plants and animal life forms can germinate in Mars shergottite (DaG 735 et al)

Research by M. Mautner (Seeding the Universe with Life: Securing Our Cosmological Future, which is available on amazon.com)

Alternate Grouping System Shergottites

From which region on Mars did these meteorites come from?1. Shergottites

The majority of shergottites seem to have a crystallization age of ~175 Ma, while others have ages of 330 to 575 Ma.

The Shergottite group defines a big variety of scientifically interesting igneous samples from Mars. All are roughly built up by basaltic compositions and mineralogy but the isotopic compositions and trace elements cover a larger diversity.

Element trend for shergottite melts and their source materials (Y. Ikeda and Shimoda)

We classify the Shergottites according to their thermal history and mineralogy: Basaltic, Olivine-orthopyroxene-phyric and Olivine-Phyric-(olivine bearing porphyritic) group (You can view the 3 types of shergottite groups  our  sample list below )

There is also another system for the grouping of shergottites by:

 Textural study of basaltic Shergottites using crystal size distribution (Click)

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a)Basaltic Group  - pyrrhotite-bearing:


NWA 3171 appr.1x1mm GS $15; 0,012g appr.3x3mm $23


Zagami, Shergottite  *Fall 3rd Oct. 1962

A Mars Meteorite of about 40lb fell about 0.75 miles from Zagami Rock, Nigeria.

0.03g appr. 4x4mm; 0.39g-12x11mm
1.4g 13x12mm ask for price; 0.97g- 11x13mm
0.541g-15x12mm $280; 0.113g-6x7mm



b)Anomalous Basaltic Group - titanomagnetite-bearing)

their magnetism is mainly due to the presence of titanomagnetite! Titanomagnetite is an important ressource for Ti and TiO2

Titanomagnetit ist ein wichtiger Rohstoff für die Gewinnung von Ti und TiO2


Unique type of meteorite!!!


Unique type of Mars Shergottite: Almost pure Maskelynite (plagioclase glass ) - Dho-378

  incredible meteorite discovery!

One fresh Mars Meteorite covered with almost 100% complete fresh black fusion crust was discovered on June 17th 2000.

It turned out to be one of the most interesting and unique meteorite discoveries ever.

Dho 378 is only one of four Calcium poor Martian Meteorites in the world (beside ALH84001, Chassigny, and NWA 998) . 

Due to the presence of titanomagnetite the Dhofar 378 belongs to the rare titanomagnetite-bearing basaltic shergottite group.

There is an extremely high possibilty that this glassy Martian rock will give us the possibility to get insight into

intercrustal magmatic differentiation process on Mars and give hints for potential mining (Ti) missions on Mars.

The high Fs content of the pyroxenes(Fs 40 to 93) and the high proportion of feldspar suggest that Dho 378 is a late Martian magmatic differentiate.

Among basaltic shergottites Dho 378 represents the most evolved Martian magmatic liquid composition.

Dho 378 experienced a 2 stage thermal history. A secondary melting at extremely high temperatures was followed by slow cooling

(what recrystallization of various plagioclas segments seem to confirm).

Polished thin sections show that Dho 378 consists mainly of Maskelynite,, plagioclase glass, with minor minerals of hedenerbergite and ferroan clinopyroxenes (augite and pigeonite) 

pyrox-ferroite, fayalite,

silica, titanomagnetite, ilmenite, sulfide, phosphate, and rhyolitic glass as the main minerals.

Studies on Dhofar 378 undertaken by J. PARK  and K. NAGAO, 1Laboratory for Earthquake Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan

proved that heavy fractionation occurred on Ne isotopic composition in Martian atmosphere.

Neon is highly enriched in DHO 378 compared to those of other shergottites.The trapped 20Ne is not enriched in the plagioclase glass
phase but in pyroxene-rich phase of this meteorite (J. PARK and K. NAGAO,2006 see:

 NEW INSIGHTS ON MARTIAN ATMOSPHERIC NEON FROM MARTIAN METEORITE, DHOFAR 378: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2006/pdf/1110.pdf)

In terms of mineralogy Dhofar 378 is more similar to LA 001/002 than to other members of shergottite groups.


Similar to Los Angeles the Cr is very low. Dho 378 is the first shergottite with a positive Eu anomaly.

The amount of phosphates, mainly whitlockite, is only 1 % as deduced from the REE abundances. The host mineral of the REEs in all shergottites is whitlockite,

which controls the bulk rock REE concentrations.

Whitlockite has a negative Eu anomaly. But, in the case of Shergotty, Zagami, and Los Angeles the absolute Eu content

of whitlockite is high enough to compensate the positive Eu anomaly of maskelynite.

Only in Dhofar 378, with about 50 times more plagioclase glass than whitlockite, we observe a positive Eu anomaly.

Special thanks to Prof. Hiroshi Takeda, Chyba Univ., Japan et al for recognizing Dhofar 378 as true meteorite and proving its origin

to be from Mars. Note it was previously analyzed by otherwise excellent scientists by mistake as terrestrial lava Xenolithe (I will call no names!), as the material looks indeed intriguing.
tiny complete slice 0,073g, 13x8.5mm US $500 sold!

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  LA 001

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  NWA 2986

is a glassy basaltic Shergottit)

basaltic shergottite subgroup of Martian meteorites that is typified by Ca-rich pyroxene (augite), Ca-poor pyroxene (pigeonite),


arge amounts of plagioclase (now, shock-formed maskelynite)

NWA 2986 is unusual in that the zoning is mostly lacking and may indicate that it cooled more

slowly in a thicker volcanic flow (> 10 meters) and/or deeper flow compared with the other known basaltic shergottites

Available are wonderful thin slices : from 0,1g till 0,2g for $ 1500/gr

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Shergottite - NWA 856

A single meteorite of 320 g was found in Morocco in March 2001. The exact
location of find is unknown. It is a basaltic shergottite - the texture is similar in appearance as Shergotty & Zagami.

The meteorite is a fine-grained basaltic lithology  consisting mainly of pyroxene (70 vol%) and  maskelynite (23
vol%). Accessory minerals include merrillite, apatite, pyrrhotite, chromite, Fe-Ti oxides, silica (stishovite) and  baddeleyite. Melt
pockets with phenocrysts and submicron-sized needles of stishovite are present.

 GS $10, BB $21, slices: 0,3g 10x8mm; 1,2g, slice;  Price


NWA 1460

One 70.2 gram meteorite was found and is considered paired with NWA 480. The Mars Rock  consists mainly of large grains of compositionally zoned, low-Ca pyroxene (with orthopyroxene cores, augite mantles and pigeonite rims) and glassy, shocked plagioclase (maskelynite)

appr.1x1mm fragment $14

c)Olivine-orthopyroxene-phyric shergottite group:

Petrogenesis of depletes Shergottites

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 quality- very fresh!

From which region on Mars did this meteorites come from?


 This basaltic shergottite belongs to the Olivine-orthopyroxene-phyric Group. The DAG 735  is the first ( found already 1997) and such the first and "original" Mars meteorite found in the Sahara!
It is the most oriented of all known Mars Basalts found in the Sahara. It also is very fresh in appearance. Total mass was 588 g, 
Classification by: Frank Wlotzka, MPI and Matthias Kurz. Classification information: Porphyritic basalt with mm-sized olivines (normally zoned from Fa 28 to fa 37)
in a finer grained matrix of pigeonites (Fs 25-28) and feldspar glass (An 65).
A direct comparison with a PTS of DaG 476 shows that both Mars Meteorites are very similar and most probably paired.
An exception is that this Mars Meteorite does not contain terrestrial carbonate veins, it appears less weathered than DaG 476/489/670.
This meteorite is a Shergottite and is part of a group of meteorites called the SNC's standing for Shergottites, Nakhlites and Chassignites. 
This gemmy Mars Meteorite consists primarily of olivine, chromite, pigeonite , augite, orthopyroxene. It contains magmatic inclusions within the olivine.
These consist dominantly of pyroxenes and feldspathic glass.
The olivines have the range Fo 60-62 (phenocrystic olivine ranges from Fo 78 to Fo 59 (Ikeda).

Magmatic inclusions

Yukio Ikeda: Unusual inclusions occur within olivine megacrysts in the DaG735 olivine-phyric shergottite. They consist of pyroxene and chromite in a ratio of about 2:1, and show strange textures.

They are grouped into two types, symplectic and non-symplectic.

The pyroxenes in unusual inclusions are similar in composition to those in the main lithology of DaG735, but the chromites differ in TiO_2 contents

which are lower by half than those of chromites in the main lithology.

The symplectic textures indicate exsolution origin of the unusual inclusions within olivine megacrysts, and the reaction to produce the unusual inclusions suggests

 that the original olivine megacrysts may have contained some amounts of Cr^(+2) in addition to Cr^(+3), and the Cr^(+2) was oxidized

 to Cr^(+3) during the formation of the unusual inclusions. Whole Abstract from Y.Ikeda

The Mars Rover Spirit found in 2004 on one of its exploration raids on the Red Planets surface in several rocks (called Mazatzal, Humphrey and Adirondack) material

 composed of olivine, pigeonite and plagioclase in a way that looks almost identical to DaG 735

Studies of the thermal history of this rock (e.g. rapid cooling rate of the melt) suggests that this material originates from an extruded lava flow near the Marss surface.

Extremely fresh material!

 Top condition!  The mars meteorite comes with certificate.         

almost all sold!

0.29g-12x11mm $170, 2.4g 22x20mm sold;
1.4g 13x14mm ask for price;   

0.927g- 11x13mm $460
1.03g- 20x17mm
sold; 0,11g sold
0.611g-15x16mm $230; 0.103g-6x7mm $60
0.078g-6x5mm $43; 0.224g-6x7 sold
2.3g-30x18mm beautiful slice
Sale "Mars" bug boxes (limited stock still available):
1 bug box (original size of meteorite appr.3x3mm): $ 9.50
3 bug boxes : $ 25; 5 bug boxes: $ 37

It comes with a  decorative certificate of authenticity!

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Mars meteorite-Shergottite-DaG 975!

This Mars meteorite Dar al Gani 975 seems to be paired  with DaG 476

It contains Orthopyroxene!!

1 meteorite of 27.55g was found 21st August 1999 in the sand desert of DaG,

Al Juffrah.

Analysis, polished thin section and deposit material: Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. Analyzed by Dr. A. Greshake, M. Kurz

Available are thin slices of  0,27g;  0.7 g; 2.1g

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Mars Meteorite , DaG476  

 One Mars Meteorite weighing 2015g was found 1st of May 1998 in DaG in the desert , Shergottite.

 Origin of olivine megacrysts and the groundmass crystallization of the Dar al Gani 476 shergottite
Available slices:

0.544g-13x6mm $205;

DaG 1037 - Martian Meteorite: Shergottite

DaG 1037 is not only one of world's biggest mars meteorites it is also special because it is the missing Shergottite link from Mars!

 Opx is occuring as cores in prismatic pyroxene phenocrysts!

The olivine is of different appearance in DaG 1037 and reveals that it was extremely heavy exposed to a major impact shock event on the Red Planet.

The numerous impact shock veins, Melt veins + melt pockets suggest that this specific rock material was exact the zone on Mars that was hit by the asteroid that caused the material to leave Mars! It is very fresh material!

Nine stones of aTkW of 4010g were found early 1999 in the sand desert of DaG, within a few feet.

The biggest individual was a complete individual of 3090g, with perfect orientation and fresh appearance.

The name Shergottite describes interesting meteorite material that originated from Mars .Mars meteorites have been launched from the surface of Mars by an asteroid impact.

The SNC's have always been the most desired meteorites for collectors and also some of the most valuable. This gemmy stone consists primarily of olivine, chromite, pigeonite , augite, orthopyroxene.

This basaltic shergottite belongs to the Olivine-orthopyroxene-phyric Group:

The Mars Rover Spirit found in 2004 on one of its exploration raids on the Red Planets surface in several rocks (called Mazatzal, Humphrey and Adirondack) material  composed of olivine, pigeonite and plagioclase in a way that looks almost identical to DaG 876

Studies of the thermal history of this rock (e.g. rapid cooling rate of the melt) suggests that this material originates from an extruded lava flow near the Marss surface.

Although this material looks optically different than the DaG 476, 489, etc. (more glassy texture, large vesicles of up to 12mm with walls of black silica glass) this material is very likely paired with this olivine-phyric shergottites group.

Extensive searches over a long period of time by different groups in later years for this material in this area (DaG 476, 489,DaG735.... DaG 1037) didn't yield any further stone.

 Main mass with anonymus finder. Humboldt-Univ.Berlin, M.Kurz,A. Greshake

0,06g 4x5mm slice; 0,16g  7x13 slice ; 0,32g sold!; 0,33g sold!; 0.45g sold!; 1,12gr 22x22mm; slice 2.14g 24x28mm slice ; 3,7g  sold!;

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 Martian meteorite: DaG 876

Mars Meteorite,  Shergottite with OPX inclusions, 1 piece of  6.216g was found 7th of May 1998 in the desert of the DaG Plateau, Central Sahara. Classif.: Bartoschewitz

It is probably paired with DaG 735.
almost nothing left –
fragment 2x1,5mm: $13;

Special:  0,004g 2x1mm sold; 0,02g slice 4x3mm $30; fragment (w.cut side) 0,138g 6x4.5mm almost complete(!) slice sold;
almost complete(!) slice:0.3g 11x8mm

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Mars basalt -NWA 1195

It petrographically resembles other olivine-phyric shergottites such as DaG 476, SaU 005, Dho 019, and NWA 1068.

thin complete/ part slices with/without crust. Let us kindly know which price/size range you might be interested in!

GS $12; BB $25; 0,185g NWA 2046 9x7mm max.  part slice$185;  0,36g NWA 2046 5.060g complete slice appr.5x4cm

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Mars lherzolitic shergottite - NWA 1950

Lherzolite is a kind of plutonic rock (cooling in deep underground chambers of magma in the interior of the Red Planet)

Two stones (414 and 383 g) were found in the Atlas mountains (Morocco) in 2001.

material is a cumulate peridotitic rock consisting of olivine (~ 55 vol%), low and high-Ca pyroxenes (~ 35 vol%) and plagioclase glass (~ 8 vol%).

0.019 3x2.5mm; 0.002g 1x2mm; 0.0025g sold; 0.004g 2x2mm; 0.005g; 0.061g 5x4mm;



Martian basalt -NWA 2046

thin complete/ part slices Let us kindly know which price/size range you might be interested in!

NWA 2046 0,302g 13x13mm max. part slice Ask for fair & affordable rate


d) Olivin-Phyric-Group

(almost all) Sold!

ShergottiteMars -  SaU 125

hard to get although paire to SaU 005 et al!

The Main Mass is in possession of La Benes Meteorites.

We got a small amount of the excess material (which was given originally as the deposit material for the Verndsky Institute but) later returned to the Original finder.


ShergottiteMars- SaU 130

Found 2001/6/27 TkW 278g: 1 small complete individual of a total mass of 278g with fusion crust. Mineralogy and classification (S. Afanasiev, Vernad ):

has a porphyritic texture with large olivine phenocrysts set in a groundmass consisting of maskelynite slight weathering. Pairing possible with Sayh al Uhaymir 005/008/051/094 but SaU 130 seem to be less weathered

slice 31x28mm w. crust with weight 1,56g; 0.125g 6x4mm part slice w. crust, 0,03g  Ask for fair & affordable rate


Mars basalt (Shergottite) - Sayh Al Uhaymir 150
State/District: Sayh Al Uhaymir
A new small stone of SaU 150 was found in the area of previous shergottit finds.

This is a grey-greenish stone with porphyritic texture; large olivine phenocrysts are embedded in a groundmass consisting of maskelynite and pigeonite; @$2500/g


Martian basalt (Shergottite) - Sayh Al Uhaymir 120
State/District: Sayh Al Uhaymir
A new small stone of 75 g SaU 120 was found by Russian finders in the area of previous shergottite finds.

This stone has a well preserved black fusion crust. This is a grey-greenish stone with porphyritic texture;

large olivine phenocrysts are embedded in a groundmass consisting of maskelynite and pigeonite;

the SaU 120 is paired to SaU 005/008/051/060/090/094.
availible is a tiny part slice


SaU 090, Mars Shergottite

small total mass: 82g;

available: 0,786g 13x16mm crusted slice; 0.041g slice; 0.014g slice Price: 850/gr

Mars Shergottite, SaU 060,

a small complete individual of a total mass of 42g was found 2001 June, available are: endpiece completely crusted 2.005g 34x14mm sold; crusted complete slice sold; 0,436g 11x18mm crusted slice; 0.022g slice;

ask for availibility: mars@mars.li


Shergottite - NWA 1068

slices, end cuts Ask for fair & affordable rate or GS $8, BB $19/pce,


Shergottite - NWA 2969

Olivine phenocrysts (<1.5 mm in longest dimension) set in a fine-grained groundmass of pigeonite, maskelynite, chromite,

Ti-magnetite, augite, chlorapatite and sulfide. Olivine has cores of Fa31.7 (FeO/MnO = 50-54.5) and rims of Fa50.3 (FeO/MnO = 54-57).

Pigeonite is zoned from Fs36.3Wo8.1 to Fs44Wo12.7 (FeO/MnO = 26); augite is Fs22.5Wo28.4; maskelynite, An53.1Or2.2

NWA 2969 is most likely paired with NWA 1068, NWA 1110, NWA 2373

0.872g $872


Shergottite - NWA 1110

availibility price, cuts and fragments: 480/gr or GS $7,  BB $19/pce,


2. Nakhlite


Nakhlite - Nakhla


NWA 998          GS $17;                              


3. Chassignites


Chassignite - Chassigny


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