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Basic information Name: Jinju
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2014
Country: South Korea
Mass:help 34 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 103  (2014)  H5
Recommended:  H5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 11471 approved meteorites (plus 22 unapproved names) classified as H5.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 26 Jun 2014
Writeup from MB 103:

Jinju        35°16.8’N, 128°7.4E

Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea

Fell: 2014 Mar 9

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H5)

History: A fireball was observed in many places in Korea on 2014 Mar 9, 20:04 (local time) and recorded by numerous car-dashboard cameras. The fireball traveled more than 100 km and disappeared above Gyeonsangnam-do, Jinju area. Many people heard the sonic boom. The next morning a farmer in Jinju found a 9 kg stone at the bottom of his paprika farm (plastic greenhouse). The stone made a hole in the roof of the greenhouse. The second (4.1 kg), third (0.4 kg) and fourth (20.5 kg) stones were found in next few days within 5 km of the first meteorite, bringing the total recovered mass to 34 kg. The stones were brought to either Seoul-NU or KOPRI, in which they were examined and confirmed as chondrites by Byeon-Gak Choi (Seoul-NU) and Jong Ik Lee (KOPRI)

Physical characteristics: Four stones are almost completely covered with dark-black fusion crust: their interiors are fresh-looking gray with shiny metal. In the third and fourth stones, found after rain in the area, rusty discoloration is visible along or just beneath the fusion crust.

Petrography: Four stones are identical in their petrological characteristics. The rocks consist of olivine, orthopyroxene, plagioclase, diopside, Fe-Ni metal, troilite and minor amount of chromite and apatite. Excluding porous space, vol.% of Fe-Ni metal is ~7.6 and troilite ~3.5. No fine-grained matrix minerals exist. Minerals are chemically equilibrated. Chondrule-matrix integration varies: some chondrules are poorly delineated, while there are many chondrules with sharp edges. Average chondrule size is ~0.57 mm in diameter (n = 225).

Geochemistry: Olivine Fa18.29±0.17 (n = 24); orthpyroxene Fs16.18±0.19Wo1.34±0.21 (n = 24); plagioclase An12.48±0.57 (n = 12); chromite Fe/Fe+Mg = 0.83, Cr/(Cr+Al) = 0.86 in atomic ratio.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite, H5

Specimens: 312 g and a few thin sections are in Seoul-NU and KOPRI as type specimens.

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Date:2014 Mar 9
Mass (g):34000
Weathering grade:W0
Fayalite (mol%):18.29±0.17
Ferrosilite (mol%):16.18±0.19
Wollastonite (mol%):1.34±0.21
Classifier:B.-G. Choi, SeoulNU; Jong Ik Lee , KOPRI
Type spec mass (g):312
Type spec location:Seoul-NU, KOPRI
Main mass:Won-Ki Kang, Sand-Duk Park, Ju-Young Lee, Man-Shik Kim
Finder:Won-Ki Kang, Sand-Duk Park, Ju-Young Lee, Man-Shik Kim
Comments:Latitude and longitude are approximate center of the four finding places.; submitted by Byeon-Gak Choi
   and collections
Seoul-NU: Department of Earth Science Education, Room# 13-426, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 151-748, South Korea (institutional address; updated 20 Dec 2014)
KOPRI: Korea Polar Research Institute, 26 Songdomirae-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea, 406-840, South Korea; Website (institutional address; updated 20 Dec 2014)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 103, MAPS 52, 1014, May 2017, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.12888/full
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South Korea
     Recommended::   (35° 16' 48"N, 128° 7' 24"E)

     This is the only approved meteorite from Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
     This is 1 of 5 approved meteorites from South Korea
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