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Alvord
Basic information Name: Alvord
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1976
Country: United States
Mass:help 17.5 kg
Classification
  history:
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 55  (1978)  IVA
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  IVA
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  IVA
Recommended:  Iron, IVA    [explanation]

This is 1 of 72 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as Iron, IVA.   [show all]
Search for other: IVA irons, Metal-rich meteorites, and Iron meteorites
Writeuphelp
Writeup from MB 55:
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DISCOVERY OF THE ALVORD, USA, IRON METEORITE

Name: ALVORD

Place of find: 1.3 miles southeast of Alvord, Lyon County, Iowa, USA.

43°19'20"N., 96° 17'20"W.

Date of find: About June 15, 1976.

Class and type: Iron. Fine octahedrite (probably IVA).

Number of individual

specimens: 1

Total weight: 17.5 kg

Circumstances of find: Mr. Herbert Van Enzen was cultivating his corn field when one of the shovels hit an object. He placed it in the cab of his tractor in order to remove a hazard from the field. Mr. Van Enzen realized that it was an unusual object when he unloaded it in the farmyard at the end of the day. Mr. John L. Mulhall visited Mr. Van Enzen on June 25, 1976 and suggested that the object be taken to the Sioux City Public Museum. Mr. B.R. Diamond, the Director, recognised the specimen as an iron meteorite and it was sent to the Smith­sonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Sources: John L. Mulhall, 3440 Virginia Street, Sioux City, Iowa 51104, and B.R. Diamond, Director, Sioux City Public Museum, 2901 Jackson Street, Sioux City, Iowa.

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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 55, Meteoritics 13, 327-352 (1978)
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Geography:

United States
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (43° 19' 20"N, 96° 17' 20"W)
     Recommended::   (43° 19' 20"N, 96° 17' 20"W)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 1.1 m apart

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 7 approved meteorites from Iowa, United States (plus 1 unapproved name) (plus 1 impact crater)
     This is 1 of 1739 approved meteorites from United States (plus 355 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)
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