|Basic information||Name: Pleşcoi|
This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2008
Mass: 6.91 kg
This is 1 of 51 approved meteorites classified as L5-6. [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
|Comments:||Approved 29 Apr 2010|
Writeup from MB 98:
Pleşcoi 45°16'30"N, 26°42'35"E
Pleşcoi Village, Berca Commune, Buzău Co, Romania
Fell: 12 June 2008, 21:45 h local time EEST (UT+3)
Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5/6)
History: On 12 June, 2008, a bolide was observed by eyewitnesses from 6 counties in south Romania (along about 325 km distance); locally it was accompanied by sonic booms. The fireball was white green, very brilliant and it crossed the skies along a W-E trajectory, at an angular height of 35-40º above the horizon (eyewitnesses reports on "Urbi et Orbi", author Valentin Ghincolov).
Physical characteristics: One mass (6.913 kg) of basic conical shape (20 × 19 × 11 cm) with a flat side was discovered by Mihail Popescu in his garden. The stone remained where it had landed for approximately 3 weeks. The specimen showed a dull, black, fusion crust (1 mm thick) with a thin network of cracks; only a a very small (about 2 × 1.5 cm) area of the light-gray breccia with metallic grains (<1 mm) was revealed. The flat surface exhibits some lighter-colored strips and parallel thread lines marked by molten drops.
Petrography: (Dana Pop, BBU; Gretchen Benedix, NHM): Chondrule outlines are obscure under the optical microscope, but more discernable in BSE images. Recognizable chondrule types include barred olivine and radiating pyroxene. The fusion crust is relatively thick. The matrix is fully recrystallized; brecciation is not obvious. Metal and troilite grains are relatively fresh, sometimes with thin weathering rims. Olivine exhibits undulatory extinction.
Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa25.5±0.3; n = 56), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs21.4±0.1; Wo1.3±0.2; n = 34). Chromite (Cr/Cr + Al = 0.85; Fe/Fe + Mg = 0.86).
Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5/6); S2, W1
Specimens: A 20 g sample, two thin sections and two thick sections are on deposit at BBU. One 49.95 g piece and one thin section are deposited at NHM. The main mass is with the finder of the stone (M. Popescu).
NHM: Department of Mineralogy, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom; Website (institutional address; updated 9 Dec 2011)
BBU: Museum of Mineralogy, Babes-Bolyai University 1, Kogalniceanu St., 400084 Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Romania; Website (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
|References:||Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 98, MAPS 45, 1530-1551 (2010)|
This is the only approved meteorite from Buzau, Romania
This is 1 of 9 approved meteorites from Romania (plus 2 unapproved names)
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