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Basic information Name: Valera
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1972
Country: Venezuela
Mass:help 50 kg
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L5
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 85  (2001)  L5
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L5
Recommended:  L5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 8690 approved meteorites (plus 4 unapproved names) classified as L5.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Writeup from MB 85:


Trujillo, Venezuela

Fell 1972 October 15

Ordinary chondrite (L5)

On the evening of 1972 October 15, a bright light accompanied by a loud noise was witnessed near the El Tinajero farm.  The next morning, Dr. Arginiro Gonzales and his guest, Juan Dionicio Delgado, discovered that a cow had apparently been killed by a falling stone. The stone had broken into three pieces weighing 38, 8, and 4 kg, respectively.  The largest specimen remained outdoors for decades after the fall. Classification and mineralogy (A. Rubin, UCLA): olivine, Fa24.2±0.3; shock stage, S4; weathering grade, W3. Specimens: main mass, 24 kg, DPitt; 6 kg, Cott; 4 kg, Alan Lang; type specimen, 100 g, UCLA.

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UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
Cott: Michael Cottingham Meteorite Collection, P.O. Box 727, Silver City, NM 88062, United States (private address)
DPitt: Darryl Pitt, 225 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024, United States; Website (private address)
CoW: College of Wooster, Department of Geology 944 College Mall Wooster, OH 44691, United States (institutional address; updated 1 Nov 2015)
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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 85, MAPS 36, A293-A322 (2001)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (9° 19' 0"N, 70° 37' 42"W)
     Recommended::   (9° 19' 0"N, 70° 37' 42"W)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 1.1 m apart

     This is the only approved meteorite from Trujillo, Venezuela
     This is 1 of 3 approved meteorites from Venezuela
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