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Allan Hills A81115
Basic information Name: Allan Hills A81115
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: ALHA81115
This meteorite may also be called Allan Hills 81115 (ALH 81115) in publications.

Observed fall: No
Year found: 1981
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 154.9 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 6(2)  (1983)  H5
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 76  (1994)  H5
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  H5
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  H5
Recommended:  H5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 10803 approved meteorites (plus 19 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)
Writeup from AMN 6(2):

Sample No.: ALHA81115

Location: Allan Hills

Field No.: 1219

Weight (gm): 154.9

Meteorite Type: H5 Chondrite


Physical Description: Carol Schwarz

One mm thick patchy fusion crust is scattered on this smooth rounded specimen. The sample is red/brown and extensively weathered. Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


Petrographic Description: Brian Mason

Chondrules are fairly abundant, but some are poorly defined and tend to merge with the granular groundmass, which consists largely of olivine and pyroxene, with minor amounts of nickel-iron and troilite. The section is pervaded with veinlets of brown limonite. Microprobe analyses gave the following results: olivine, Fa19; orthopyroxene, Fs17; some fine-grained plagioclase, An13, was identified. The meteorite is classified as an H5 chondrite.

Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 638:
Origin or pseudonym:Main icefield
Mass (g):154.9
Weathering grade:C
Fayalite (mol%):19
Ferrosilite (mol%):17
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 6(2) (1983), 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° 40' 28"S, 159° 15' 40"E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 11.4 km apart

     This is 1 of 43331 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 3802 unapproved names)
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