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Reckling Peak A80201
Basic information Name: Reckling Peak A80201
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: RKPA80201
This meteorite may also be called Reckling Peak 80201 (RKP 80201) in publications.

Observed fall: No
Year found: 1980
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 813 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 4(2)  (1981)  H6
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 76  (1994)  H6
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  H6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  H6
Recommended:  H6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 6147 approved meteorites (plus 5 unapproved names) classified as H6.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Writeup from AMN 4(2):

Sample No.: RKPA80201

Location: Reckling Peak

Field No.: 1300

Weight (gms): 813.0

Meteorite Type: H6 Chondrite


Physical Description: Carol Schwarz

This stone is completely covered with fusion crust except for a small corner on one surface (W). The fusion crust is black with brownish weathering spots and contains polygonal fractures. Another surface (N) contains several holes where something may have been plucked out. Minute amounts of white evaporite deposit are present in some of the polygonal fractures. When the meteorite was chipped, the gray interior with metal flecks and some oxidation halos was exposed. Dimensions: 12 x 6 x 5.5 cm.


Petrographic Description: Brian Mason

Chondrules are sparse and poorly defined, tending to merge with the granular groundmass, which consists largely of olivine and pyroxene, with minor amounts of nickel-iron, plagioclase, and troilite. Minor limonitic staining is present around the nickel-iron grains. Microprobe analyses gave the following mineral compositions: olivine, Fa19; orthopyroxene, Fs16; plagioclase, An12. The meteorite is classified as an H6 chondrite.

Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 5389:
Mass (g):813
Weathering grade:Be
Fayalite (mol%):19
Ferrosilite (mol%):16
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 4(2) (1981), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 76, Meteoritics 29, 100-143 (1994)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (76° 16'S, 159° 15'E)
     Recommended::   (76° 13' 53"S, 158° 26' 33"E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 21.8 km apart

     This is 1 of 40719 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 4494 unapproved names)
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