MetSoc Home            Publications            Contacts  
Search the Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Last update: 26 Feb 2024
Search for: Search type: Search limits: Display: Publication:
Text help
Starts with
Sounds like
Falls  Non-NWAs
What's new
  in the last:
Limit to approved meteorite names
Search text:  
Bluff (a)
Basic information Name: Bluff (a)
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1878
Country: United States
Mass:help 153.3 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 78  (1995)  L5
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L5
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L5
Recommended:  L5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 8855 approved meteorites (plus 5 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 78:

Bluff (a) and (b)

Fayette County, Texas, USA

Found 1878 to 1917

Ordinary chondrites

A study of meteorites from Fayette County, Texas (McCoy et al., 1995b), showed that the three Bluff stones listed in Graham et al. (1985) represent two distinct falls. Details are listed in Table 1. Classification and analysis by Timothy J. McCoy and Klaus Keil, University of Hawaii, Planetary Geosciences Division, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, USA, and Arthur J. Ehlmann, Department of Geology, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas 76129, USA.

Data from:
  Table 1
  Line 1:
Date:1878, 1896
Latitude:29°52'43"N, 52'29"
Longitude:96°52'20"W, 54'03"
Mass (g):22250
Shock stage:S4
Weathering grade:W2
Fayalite (mol%):24.6, 24.1
Ferrosilite (mol%):20.4, 20.5
Type spec mass (g):18210
Type spec location:10.96 kg, FMNH; 7.25 kg, TMM
   and collections
FMNH: Department of Geology The Field Museum of Natural History 1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605-2496, USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 16 Nov 2011)
Search for specimens in the Smithsonian Institution collection (U.S.):   
    Require SI photo
Search for this meteorite in the Natural History Museum collection (U.K.):   
    Require NHM photo
Search for this meteorite in the Museo Nazionale dell'Antartide database (Siena, Italy):   
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 78, Meteoritics 30, 792-796 (1995)
Find references in NASA ADS:
Find references in Google Scholar:
Photos from the Encyclopedia of Meteorites:
Fernlea Meteorites   
Photos uploaded by members of the Encyclopedia of Meteorites.
    (Caution, these are of unknown reliability)
Matteo Chinellato   
MeteoriteCollector.org - FCOM - Russ Finney   
Woreczko Jan & Wadi   

United States
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (29° 52' 36"N, 96° 53' 12"W)
     Recommended::   (29° 52' 43"N, 96° 52' 20"W)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 1.4 km apart

     This is 1 of 316 approved meteorites from Texas, United States (plus 2 unapproved names) (plus 3 impact craters)
     This is 1 of 1924 approved meteorites from United States (plus 867 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)
Proximity search:
Find nearby meteorites: enter search radius (km):
Synonymshelp: Bluff (From MetBase)
Fayette County (In NHM Cat)
La Grange (In NHM Cat)

Direct link to this page