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18 May 2022

JAH 626 (Oman) – Eucrite

Jiddat al Harasis 626 (JaH 626)        19°47.09’N, 55°57.55’E Al Wusta, Oman Found: April 2010 Classification: HED achondrite (Eucrite, polymict) Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS): Polymict breccia composed of both basaltic eucrite and cumulate eucrite clasts plus related debris. Pigeonite of various compositions (some exhibiting exsolution lamellae of clinopyroxene within orthopyroxene), calcic plagioclase, silica polymorph, chromite, troilite and rare zircon. Plagioclase has been transformed by shock into aggregates of fine anisotropic blades in a subspherulitic texture, indicative of quenching from melt. Geochemistry: […]

18 May 2022
18 May 2022

HAH 346 (Libya) – L6 chondrite

Hammadah al Hamra 346 (HaH 346)        29°36’29.3″N, 13°22’03.4″E Gharyan, Libya Find, possible fall: 2018 Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L6) History: On 26 August 2018, a large fireball was widely seen and heard around the sparsely populated region of the southern area of the Jabal al Gharbi District of Libya. Hundreds of freshly fusion crusted stones, totaling over 100 kg, were found in early 2019, scattered over several kilometers, about 95 km southwest of Ash Shuwayrif by Mr. Belal. S. Omar Aliby (and other meteorite […]

18 May 2022

Gujba (Nigeria) – CBa

Gujba Yobe, Nigeria Fell 1984 April 3, 18:30 local time Bencubbin-like meteorite A conical meteorite fell in a corn field near the village of Bogga Dingare after a bright fireball was witnessed moving west to east and an explosion was heard. The local people hammered the meteorite into many pieces, and most of the material was dispersed. The original mass is unknown, although secondhand reports indicate that it had a volume of ~20 000 cm3, and thus a mass of […]

18 May 2022

Fukang (China) – Pallasite

Fukang  44°26′N, 87°38′E Fukang, Xinjiang Province Find: 2000 Pallasite (main group) History: An anonymous finder recovered a 1003 kg specimen near Fukang, China, in 2000. The sample was at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February 2005, and seen by D. S. Lauretta of UAz. Approximately 20 kg had been removed from the main mass by the finder before the Tuscon show and the mass investigated at UAz was 983 kg. (D. S. Lauretta, D. Hill, M. Killgore, D. […]

18 May 2022
18 May 2022

Esquel (Argentina) – Pallasite (main group)

ESQUEL, Esquel, Chubut Province (Patagonian Territory), Argentina; φ = 42°54’S, λ = 71°20’W. FOUND, probably before 1951. STONY-IRON, pallasite. 1 specimen, weight about 1500 kg. They meteorite was found awbeded in the soil; brought to Buenos Aires City, is in possession of his finder. Source: An Article L. O. Giacomelli, Meteoritos halladus en la Patagonia. Argentina Austral, Ann XXXIV, No 370-371, 14, 1962, Buenos Aires, and report Dr. L. O.. Giacomelli (Buenos Aires, Argentina), in a letter, XI.30.1963.

18 May 2022

Ensisheim (France) – LL6 chondrite

EnsisheimHistory (P.-M. Pelé, meteor-center.com): In 1492, a meteorite fell in a field on the edge of the forest near the Alsatian town of Ensisheim. A young boy witnessed the stone fall in a wheat field, at a place called Les Octrois Laubourg, south of the city. The stone was in a hole a meter deep. After the residents and the city council were notified, many went to the place; the meteorite had already been damaged, everyone wishing to keep a […]

18 May 2022

Draveil (France) – H5 chondrite

Draveil        48°41.2’N, 2°25.7’E Ile-del-France, France Fell: 13 July 2011 Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H5) History: A 206 g stone was found in a roof in Draveil on July 13, 2011, by N. and J.-P. Eydens and reported to P.-M. Pelé and A. Jambon (UPVI) a few days after the event. It was later discovered that a 5.2 kg stone had been seen to fall in a garden by a mailman in Savigny sur Orge at 12:30 am (local time) on that same day. […]

18 May 2022

D’Orbigny (Argentina) – Angrite

D’Orbigny Buenos Aires, Argentina Found 1979 July Angrite A 16.55 kg stone, mostly covered with dark gray fusion crust, was found in a corn field after a farmer hit it with a plow.  Classification and mineralogy (F. Brandstätter and G. Kurat, NHMV): has a sub­ophitic texture, exhibiting laths of plagioclase (An>99, up to 2 mm) with subhedral to euhedral augite and anhedral to subhedral olivine; augite shows marked optical zoning, with cores containing 1.6 wt% TiO2, 7.8 wt% Al2O3, XMg […]