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Reckling Peak A80217
Basic information Name: Reckling Peak A80217
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: RKPA80217
This meteorite may also be called Reckling Peak 80217 (RKP 80217) in publications.

Observed fall: No
Year found: 1980
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 7.8 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 5(1)  (1982)  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 10193 approved meteorites (plus 18 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 5(1):

Sample No.: RKPA80217

Location: Reckling Peak

Field No.: 1397

Weight (gms): 7.5

Meteorite Type: H5 Chondrite


Physical Description: Roberta Score

Black fusion crust covers one surface of this flat specimen. The remaining surfaces are highly weathered. Chondrules are visible. The interior is totally weathered. This sample resembles RKPA80218. Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1 cm


Petrographic Description: Brian Mason

Chondritic structure is well developed, with chondrules 0.3-1.0 mm in diameter. They are set in a granular matrix of olivine and pyroxene, with minor amounts of nickel-iron, troilite, and a little plagioclase. Remnants of fusion crust are present on one edge of the section. Brown limonitic staining is pervasive throughout the section. Microprobe analyses give the following compositions: olivine, Fa18; pyroxene, Fs15; plagioclase, An12. The meteorite is classified as an H5 chondrite.

Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 5404:
Mass (g):7.8
Weathering grade:C
Fayalite (mol%):18
Ferrosilite (mol%):15
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 5(1) (1982), 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° 12' 24"S, 158° 30' 0"E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 21 km apart

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