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Puerto Lápice
Basic information Name: Puerto Lápice
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2007
Country: Spain
Mass:help 500 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 93  (2008)  Eucrite-br
Recommended:  Eucrite-br    [explanation]

This is 1 of 237 approved meteorites classified as Eucrite-br.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, Eucrites, and HED achondrites
Comments: Approved 14 Jan 2008
Revised 4 Aug 2008: final writeup; 2008-01-17 updated mass
Writeup from MB 93:

Puerto Lápice                    39°21'N, 3°31'W

Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Fall: 10 May 2007, 19: 57 local time (UT +2h)

Achondrite (eucrite, brecciated)

History: At 17: 57 P.M. (UT) on May 10, 2007, a brilliant fireball of absolute magnitude -14 ± 4 was widely seen all over Spain. The fireball traveled from the south to the north and experienced various explosions along its trajectory. The Spanish Fireball Network (SPMN) and numerous images taken by observers documented the fall.

Physical characteristics: The first specimen (5.7 g) was found in an olive grove by Thomas Grau on June 3 at 39°21.893'N, 3°31.321'W. Other specimens were found nearby on June 8-9 by Thomas Grau (4.5 g, 3.0 g, 3.8 g, and 5.8 g), on June 13 by Jose Vicente Casado (2.7 g), on July 4 by Jose Maria Madiedo (Univ. Huelva) (6.0 g) and Jose Vicente Casado (1 g), and on July 11 by Francisco Ocaña (5.9 g). Another 22 pieces have been found since then, and the total mass recovered is 0.5 kg. All the specimens exhibit wrinkled and extremely shiny black fusion crusts.

Petrography and Mineral compositions: (Jordi Llorca and Ignasi Casanova, UPC; Josép M. Trigo-Rodríguez, CSIC; Addi Bischoff, IfP). The meteorite exhibits areas with basaltic texture as well as recrystallized portions. Low-Ca pyroxene (Fs59-61; range Fs53-65; Fe/Mn30.6±0.9) and the mean composition of plagioclase (An86.5; range An77-93). Bulk Fe/ Mn = 34.5.

Classification: Achondrite (eucrite, brecciated); moderate shock, no weathering.

Type specimens: A total sample mass of 22.1 g is on deposit at the UPC.

Submitted by: J. Llorca, CSIC.

Data from:
  Table 9
  Line 1:
State/Prov/County:Ciudada Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Mass (g):500+
Type spec mass (g):22.1
   and collections
IfP: Institut für Planetologie, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, 48149 Münster, Germany (institutional address; updated 23 Jan 2012)
UPC: Institut de Tècniques Energètiques, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Diagonal 647, ed. ETSEIB, 08028 Barcelona, Spain, Spain (institutional address; updated 3 May 2015)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 93, MAPS 43, 571-632 (2008)
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     This is 1 of 3 approved meteorites from Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
     This is 1 of 33 approved meteorites from Spain (plus 10 unapproved names)
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