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Getafe
Basic information Name: Getafe
     This is NOT an official name: Pseudo meteorite.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1994
Country: Spain
Mass:help 1417 g
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Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB Online    Terrestrial rock
Recommended:  Pseudometeorite    [explanation]

Comments: Published on MetBull website
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Writeup from MB online:
Getafe pseudometeorite special statement.

In 1994 a car and its driver were struck by a 1417 g stone on km 17 of the Andalusia highway near Getafe in Southern Madrid. Eighty one additional fragments of the same material were later recovered. The possible extraterrestial origin of this stone has been discussed in the literature (e.g. Martinez-Frias et al., 1999). Extensive data have now been acquired on these objects. The fall trajectory (20 degrees), the petrology, geochemistry, oxygen isotope composition, 14C content and the distribution of similar rocks along nearby roads strongly suggests they have a terrestrial origin. The rock is most likely an artifical steel slag from the Aristrain scrap smelting factory. For more information about this rock see http://tierra.rediris.es/merge/getafe.html

Reference: Martinez-Frias, J., Weigel A., Marti K., Boyd T., Wilson G. H., and Jull T. The Getafe rock: Fall, composition and cosmic ray records of an unusual ultrarefractory scoriaceous material. (1999) Rev. Metal. Madrid 35 308-314.

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Spain
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