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Allan Hills A76004
Basic information Name: Allan Hills A76004
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: ALHA76004
This meteorite may also be called Allan Hills 76004 (ALH 76004) in publications.

Observed fall: No
Year found: 1976 or 1977
Country: Antarctica [Collected jointly by ANSMET (US) and NIPR (Japan)]
Mass:help 305 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 1(3)  (1978)  LL3
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 56  (1979)  LL3
MB 76  (1994)  LL3.2/3.4
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  LL3.3
NIPR Catalogue:  2000 Edition  (2000)  LL3
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  LL3.3
Recommended:  LL3.3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 16 approved meteorites classified as LL3.3.   [show all]
Search for other: LL chondrites, LL chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Writeup from MB 56:
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Name: ALLAN HILLS A76004

Place of find: West of Allan Nunatak on the edge of the Polar plateau, Victoria Land, Antarctica.

76°46'30"S., 159°21'05"E.

Date of find: January 18, 1977.

Class and type: Stone. Olivine-hypersthene chondrite, amphoterite (LL3).

Number of individual

specimens: 1

Total weight: 305 g

Circumstances of find: Sighted from a helicopter which was taxiing 10-15 m above the bare ice, during the 1976-1977 season of the U.S.-Japan Joint Antarctic Expedition.

Source: K. Yanai, 1978. First meteorites found in Victoria Land, Antarctica, December 1976 and January 1977. Mem. Nat. Inst. Polar Res., Special Issue No. 8, 51-69.

Note: Also known as Allan Nunatak No. 4 and as Allan Hills No. 4. Allan Hills A76004 is the name approved by the Nomenclature Committee of the Meteoritical Society.

See also: W.A. Cassidy, E. Olsen and K. Yanai, 1977. Antarctica: a deep-freeze storehouse for meteorites. Science 198, 727-731, where the coordinates of the find site are given as 76°45'16"S., 169°20'12"E., and E. Olsen etal., 1978. Eleven new meteorites from Antarctica, 1976-1977. Meteoritics 13, 209-225.

[From Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 4(1):]

Sample No.: ALHA76004

Location: Allan Hills

Field No.:

Weight (gms): 52.50

Meteorite Type: LL3 Chondrite


Physical Description:

This specimen appears to have been covered with a thin reddish-black fusion crust on all exterior surfaces. The fusion crust appears to have been spalled off the rounded corners. The matrix of this stone is very dark gray. The inclusions, both chondrules and clasts, are numerous. The clasts are up to 1 cm in apparent maximum length. Both fresh metal and oxidized metal, surrounding some chondrules and lithic clasts, are present. The meteorite does not appear extensively weathered. Approximate dimensions: 4.25 x 3.0 x 2.5 cm.


Petrographic Description:

For further discussion, see Olsen, et al., 1978. Eleven new meteorites from Antarctica, 1976-1977, Meteoritics, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp 209-225. This sample is described as Allan Hills #4.

Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 4:
Origin or pseudonym:Main icefield
Mass (g):305
Weathering grade:A
Fayalite (mol%):0-34
Ferrosilite (mol%):0-53
Comments:26Al=58±6; 76004 pairing group
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 1(3) (1978), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 56, Meteoritics 14, 161-175 (1979)
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 76, Meteoritics 29, 100-143 (1994)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (76° 43'S, 159° 40'E)
     Recommended::   (76° 43'S, 159° 40'E)

     This is 1 of 44274 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 3802 unapproved names)
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Synonymshelp: ALHA764 (Added by JNG 2/23/06)
Allan Hills No. 4 (Added by JNG 2/23/06)
Allan Nunatak No. 4 (Added by JNG 2/23/06)

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