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Queen Alexandra Range 94614
Basic information Name: Queen Alexandra Range 94614
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: QUE 94614
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1994
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 2.5 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 19(2)  (1996)  Mesosiderite
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 82  (1998)  Mesosiderite
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  Mesosiderite
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Mesosiderite
Recommended:  Mesosiderite    [explanation]

This is 1 of 221 approved meteorites classified as Mesosiderite.   [show all]
Search for other: Mesosiderites, Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Field number: 10830
Writeup from AMN 19(2):
Sample No.: QUE94614
Location: Queen Alexandra Range
Dimensions (cm): 1.5 x 1.5 x 0.5
Weight (g): 2.5
Meteorite Type: Mesosiderite

Macroscopic Description: Kathleen McBride

Thin, black shiny patches of fusion crust are present on this meteorite's exterior surface. Areas without fusion crust are weathered brown. The interior is brown and fine grained. A few mineral grains are visible and oxidation is present.

Thin Section (,2) Description: Brian Mason

The section shows plagioclase and pyroxene clasts, up to 1.5 mm across, in an opaque matrix of nickel-iron and troilite (the nickel-iron extensively weathered to brown limonite). Most of the pyroxene is hypersthene, with compositions clustered around Wo2Fs24, but a few calcium-rich grains were analyzed, up to Wo34Fs32. Plagioclase compositions are An91-96. Trace amounts of an SiO2 polymorph, probably tridymite, are present. The meteorite is a mesosiderite; it is very similar to QUE86900, with which it is probably paired.

Data from:
  Table A1
  Line 325:
Origin or pseudonym:Mare Meteoriticus
Mass (g):2.5
Weathering grade:B/C
Ferrosilite (mol%):22-37
Comments:86900 pairing group
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 19(2) (1996), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 82, MAPS 33, A221-A240 (1998)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (84°S, 168°E)
     Recommended::   Unknown

     This is 1 of 41899 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 3802 unapproved names)

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