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New Yucca Dense Collection Area (8 Mar 2013)

A new dense collection area (DCA) named Yucca is being used to name meteorites in the Franconia area of Mohave County in western Arizona. While many of the recovered meteorites may belong to one fall – colloquially called the Franconia strewnfield, recent research shows the presence of multiple overlapping falls (Hutson et al., 2013). The Yucca DCA incorporates and replaces two smaller DCAs (Buck Mountains, Sacramento Wash). This change is being made to allow meteorites that are being found within and outside of the two previous DCAs to be given the same DCA root name. Fourteen previously named meteorites from this area will retain their names but be given Yucca xxx synonyms, where xxx is a number that reflects the sequence in which meteorites were named. New meteorites will continue this sequence as they are assigned. The names, synonyms, and Meteoritical Bulletin (MB) references are as follows.

Name Synonym MB
Franconia Yucca 001 88, July 2004
Buck Mountain Wash Yucca 002 89, Sept 2005
Palo Verde Mine Yucca 003 89, Sept. 2005
Buck Mountains 001 Yucca 004 90, Sept. 2006
Buck Mountains 002 Yucca 005 90, Sept. 2006
Sacramento Wash 001 Yucca 006 90, Sept. 2006
Sacramento Wash 002 Yucca 007 90, Sept. 2006
Sacramento Wash 003 Yucca 008 90, Sept. 2006
Sacramento Wash 004 Yucca 009 90, Sept. 2006
Warm Springs Wilderness Yucca 010 90, Sept. 2006
Buck Mountains 003 Yucca 011 91, Mar 2007
Sacramento Wash 005 Yucca 012 93, Mar 2008
Buck Mountains 004 Yucca 013 100, 2013*
Buck Mountains 005 Yucca 014 100, 2013*
* In preparation.


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