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Basic information Name: Digor
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2006
Country: China
Mass:help 3.8 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 97  (2010)  IIIAB
Recommended:  Iron, IIIAB    [explanation]

This is 1 of 338 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IIIAB.   [show all]
Search for other: IIIAB irons, Iron meteorites, and Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 22 Sep 2009
Writeup from MB 97:

Digor  ~ 42°20’ N, 89°20’ E

China, Xinjiang, Turpan (Turfan) Prefecture, Shanshan (Piqan) County

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Iron (IIIAB, medium octahedrite)

History: A collector of waste metal for recycling discovered in the desert south of Lake Aydingkol about 30 km west of Digor village and 70 km southeast of Turpan city a strange shaped metal lump. The specimen went to a student in Germany, who sold the main mass to Rainer Bartoschewitz.

Physical characteristics: The meteorite is a flight oriented individual. It is fractured and has a sculpted shape with a central hole, and weighted 3.8 kg.

Petrography (R. Bartoschewitz, Bart): The meteorite shows a Widmannstätten pattern with bandwidth of 0.8 – 1.4 mm. Kamacite presents cross-hatched ε-structure, and plessite occurs in various varieties.

Geochemistry (B. Spettel, MPI Mainz, R. Bartoschewitz, Bart): The composition (by INAA) of the metal is 4.9 Co, 77.1 Ni (both in mg/g); 188 Cu, 20.5 Ga, 30.0 Ge, 4.08 As, 1.2 W 15.5 Ir, 0.543 Au (all in µg/g).

Classification (R. Bartoschewitz, Bart): Iron (III AB, medium octahedrite).

Type specimens: A total of 20 g of samples on deposit at Beijing Planetarium. Bart. is the holder of the main mass.

Data from:
  Table 5
  Line 5:
State/Prov/County:Turpan (Turfan) Prefecture, Shanshan (Pi
Mass (g):3800
Classifier:Barto, Li B.
Type spec mass (g):20
Type spec location:BP, Beijing
Main mass:Bart
Comments:Ni 7.71%; Co 0.49%, Ga 20.5, Ge 30.0, As 4.08, W 1.2, Ir 15.5, Cu 188, Au 0.543 ppm.
   and collections
Bart: Bartoschewitz Meteorite Laboratory, Weiland 37, D-38518 Gifhorn, Germany; Website (private address; updated 30 Nov 2019)
Beijing: Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China (institutional address; updated 16 Oct 2011)
Mainz: Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Abteilung Kosmochemie, Postfach 3060, D-55020 Mainz, Germany; Website (institutional address; updated 7 Nov 2015)
MPI: Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Abteilung Kosmochemie, Postfach 3060, D-55020 Mainz, Germany; Website (institutional address; updated 7 Nov 2015)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 97, MAPS 45, 449-493 (2010)
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     This is 1 of 298 approved meteorites from Xinjiang, China (plus 5 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 462 approved meteorites from China (plus 10 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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