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Allan Hills A78105
Basic information Name: Allan Hills A78105
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: ALHA78105
This meteorite may also be called Allan Hills 78105 (ALH 78105) in publications.

Observed fall: No
Year found: 1978
Country: Antarctica [Collected jointly by ANSMET (US) and NIPR (Japan)]
Mass:help 942 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 3(1)  (1980)  L6
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 76  (1994)  L6
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L6
NIPR Catalogue:  2000 Edition  (2000)  L6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L6
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 12281 approved meteorites (plus 8 unapproved names) classified as L6.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Writeup from AMN 3(1):
This text was reprinted from AMN 3(1) in AMN 4(1). In some cases, it may be an updated version from the original.

Sample No.: ALHA78105

Location: Allan Hills

Field No.: 249

Weight (gms): 941.7

Meteorite Type: L6 Chondrite


Physical Description:

The exterior of the sample is irregular and rough on a mm scale. The character of the exterior appears to be the result of the weathering of the fusion crust. Small patches of fusion crust remain on the B and N surfaces. Where the sample is devoid of fusion crust, light to medium gray matrix material with chondrules and lithic clasts is exposed. When the specimen was cleaved the interior of the sample appeared greenish-gray and fine grained. Only a very small amount of a metallic mineral phase is present in the sample. One fracture that penetrates the specimen is stained by iron oxidation along the margins. Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 6 cm.


Petrographic Description: Brian Mason

Chondrules are sparse and ill-defined, their borders tending to merge with the granular groundmass, which consists mainly of olivine and pyroxene, with minor subequal amounts of nickel-iron and troilite, plagioclase, and accessory chromite. A moderate amount of limonitic staining is associated with some of the nickel-iron grains. Microprobe analyses show olivine (Fa23), orthopyroxene (Fs20), and plagioclase (An11) of uniform composition. The meteorite is classified as an L6 chondrite.

Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 329:
Origin or pseudonym:Main icefield
Mass (g):941.7
Weathering grade:B
Fayalite (mol%):23
Ferrosilite (mol%):20
Comments:26Al=61±7; NTL=45.3±0.5; 78103 pairing group
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 3(1) (1980), JSC, Houston
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 43840 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 3802 unapproved names)
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