Meteorite Types - Alternative Schemes

Alternative Schemes

Two alternative general classification schemes were recently published by Krot et al. (2003) and Weisberg et al. (2006), illustrating the lack of consensus on how to classify meteorites beyond the level of groups. In the Krot et al. scheme, the following hierarchy is used:

And, in the Weisberg et al. scheme, meteorites groups are arranged as follows:

  • Chondrites
  • Primitive achondrites
  • Achondrites

where irons and stony–irons are considered to be achondrites or primitive achondrites, depending on the group.

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