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Basic information Name: Pleşcoi
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2008
Country: Romania
Mass:help 6.91 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 98  (2010)  L5-6
Recommended:  L5-6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 68 approved meteorites classified as L5-6.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 29 Apr 2010
Writeup from MB 98:

Pleşcoi        45°16'30"N, 26°42'35"E

Pleşcoi Village, Berca Commune, Buzău Co, Romania

Fell: 12 June 2008, 21:45 h local time EEST (UT+3)

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5/6)

History: On 12 June, 2008, a bolide was observed by eyewitnesses from 6 counties in south Romania (along about 325 km distance); locally it was accompanied by sonic booms. The fireball was white green, very brilliant and it crossed the skies along a W-E trajectory, at an angular height of 35-40º above the horizon (eyewitnesses reports on "Urbi et Orbi", author Valentin Ghincolov).

Physical characteristics: One mass (6.913 kg) of basic conical shape (20 × 19 × 11 cm) with a flat side was discovered by Mihail Popescu in his garden. The stone remained where it had landed for approximately 3 weeks. The specimen showed a dull, black, fusion crust (1 mm thick) with a thin network of cracks; only a a very small (about 2 × 1.5 cm) area of the light-gray breccia with metallic grains (<1 mm) was revealed. The flat surface exhibits some lighter-colored strips and parallel thread lines marked by molten drops.

Petrography: (Dana Pop, BBU; Gretchen Benedix, NHM): Chondrule outlines are obscure under the optical microscope, but more discernable in BSE images. Recognizable chondrule types include barred olivine and radiating pyroxene. The fusion crust is relatively thick. The matrix is fully recrystallized; brecciation is not obvious. Metal and troilite grains are relatively fresh, sometimes with thin weathering rims. Olivine exhibits undulatory extinction.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa25.5±0.3; n = 56), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs21.4±0.1; Wo1.3±0.2; n = 34). Chromite (Cr/Cr + Al = 0.85; Fe/Fe + Mg = 0.86).

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5/6); S2, W1

Specimens: A 20 g sample, two thin sections and two thick sections are on deposit at BBU. One 49.95 g piece and one thin section are deposited at NHM. The main mass is with the finder of the stone (M. Popescu).

Data from:
  Table 1
  Line 213:
State/Prov/County:Plescoi Village, Berca Commune, Buzau Co
Origin or pseudonym:populated village
Date:12 June 2008
Mass (g):6913
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W1
Fayalite (mol%):25.5 ± 0.3
Ferrosilite (mol%):21.4 ± 0.1
Wollastonite (mol%):1.3 ± 0.2
Classifier:D. Pop and G. Benedix
Type spec mass (g):20
Type spec location:BBU
Main mass:M. Popescu
Finder:M. Popescu
Comments:An additional 49.95 g piece and one thin section are deposited at NHM; submitted by Dana Pop
   and collections
NHM: Department of Mineralogy, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom; Website (institutional address; updated 9 Dec 2011)
BBU: Museum of Mineralogy, Babes-Bolyai University 1, Kogalniceanu St., 400084 Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Romania; Website (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 98, MAPS 45, 1530-1551 (2010)
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     This is the only approved meteorite from Buzau, Romania
     This is 1 of 10 approved meteorites from Romania (plus 2 unapproved names)
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