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Meteorite Hills 96503
Basic information Name: Meteorite Hills 96503
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: MET 96503
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1996
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 404 g
Classification
  history:
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 21(2)  (1998)  L3.6
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 83  (1999)  L3.6
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L3.6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L3.6
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 33(1)  (2010)  L3.10
Recommended:  L3.10    [explanation]

This is 1 of 5 approved meteorites classified as L3.10.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Revised 1 Sep 2007: Reclassified by Grossman and Brearley (2005)
Writeuphelp
Writeup from AMN 21(2):

Sample No.:

MET96503

Location:

Meteorite Hills

Dimensions (cm):

7.5x5.0x5.5

Weight (g):

404.0

Meteorite Type:

L3 Chondrite (estimated L3.6)

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Macroscopic Description: Kathleen McBride
100% of the exterior of this ordinary chondrite is covered with brown/black fusion crust and a rough surface with polygonal fractures. The exterior is striated in some areas. The interior is a dark gray matrix with numerous rusty chondrules up to 2 mm in diameter. Metal grains are present. There are also small irregular shaped dark inclusions.

Thin Section (,2) Description: Tim McCoy
MET96503 - Cross-Polarized Light The section exhibits numerous large, well-defined chondrules (up to 2 mm) in a black matrix of fine-grained silicates and weathered metal and troilite. Weak shock effects are present. Polysynthetically twinned pyroxene is extremely abundant. Silicates are unequilibrated; olivines range from Fa7-32. The meteorite is probably an L3 chondrite (estimated subtype 3.6).

Data from:
  MB83
  Table A1
  Line 281:
Mass (g):404
Class:L3.6
Weathering grade:B
Fayalite (mol%):7-32
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 21(2) (1998), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 83, MAPS 34, A169-A186 (1999)
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Geography:

Antarctica
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (79° 41'S, 155° 45'E)
     Recommended::   (79° 41'S, 159° 45'E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 80 km apart

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 38431 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 5051 unapproved names)
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