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Los Angeles
Basic information Name: Los Angeles
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1999
Country: United States
Mass:help 698 g
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  Martian (shergottite)
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 84  (2000)  Martian (basaltic shergottite)
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Shergottite-basaltic
Recommended:  Martian (shergottite)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 128 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as Martian (shergottite).   [show all]
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Writeup from MB 84:

Los Angeles

Los Angeles County , California, USA

Recognized 1999 October 30

Martian basalt (shergottite)

Two stones, weighing 452.6 and 245.4 g, respectively, were found by Bob Verish in his backyard while he was cleaning out a box of rocks that was part of his rock collection.  The specimens may have been collected ~ 20 years ago in the Mojave Desert.  Classification and mineralogy (A. Rubin, P. Warren, and J. Greenwood, UCLA):  a basalt with a texture closely resembling that of the QUE 94201; plagioclase laths, 43.6 vol%, An41Or4 to An58Or1, have been shocked to maskelynite; Ca-pyroxene, 37.7 vol%, ranges from Fs45Wo13 to Fs45Wo37 to Fs72Wo24; other mineral modes (in vol%), silica = 4.9, fayalite = 4.2, K-rich felsic glass = 2.4, titanomagnetite = 3.5, Ca phosphate = 2.7 (including whitlockite and chlorapatite), pyrrhotite = 0.7, and ilmenite = 0.2; contains a higher proportion of plagioclase than Shergotty or Zagami, and has pyroxene that is moderately more ferroan than that in QUE 94201.  Specimens:  main masses with finder; 30 g, UCLA; 20 g, SI. Note, one may encounter references to the two masses as Los Angeles 001 and 002, or stone no. 1 and stone no. 2, respectively; these are unofficial designations.

   and collections
SI: Department of Mineral Sciences, NHB-119, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 16 Jan 2012)
UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
Verish: Robert Verish, Meteorite-Recovery Lab, P.O. Box 463084, Escondido, CA 92046, United States; Website (private address; updated 27 May 2009)
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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 84, MAPS 35, A199-A225 (2000)
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Los Angeles 002 slice. Robert Verish   
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United States

     This is 1 of 251 approved meteorites from California, United States (plus 24 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 1757 approved meteorites from United States (plus 352 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)
Synonyms: Los Angeles 001 (From MetBase)
Los Angeles 002 (From MetBase)

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