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Basic information Name: Chantonnay
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1812
Country: France
Mass:help 31.5 kg
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L6
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 12663 approved meteorites (plus 8 unapproved names) classified as L6.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Revised 3 Jan 2020: Added fall info and updated coords
Writeup from MB online:
History (P.-M. Pelé, meteor-center.com): During the night of August 5, 1812, at 2 a.m., travelers and residents of Chantonnay observed a meteor, followed by a violent detonation. Around noon the same day, a sharecropper in the hamlet of Haute-Revétizon (today Les Revêtisons), located southwest of Chantonnay, discovered a meteorite in a field very close to his house. He kept his find for more than two years. In December 1814, Mr Cavoleau, an ecclesiastic and Vendean politician and historian, learned of the existence of this rock, which was said to have fallen from the sky, and he identifed it as a meteorite. Eager to acquire the entirety of the stone, he could only recover a third of the total mass, the rest having been already distributed by the finder to relatives and friends.
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (46° 41'N, 1° 3'E)
     Recommended::   (46° 40' 14"N, 1° 5' 35"W)
Note: the NHM and recommended coordinates are 164 km apart

     This is 1 of 8 approved meteorites from Centre, France (plus 1 unapproved name)
     This is 1 of 78 approved meteorites from France (plus 12 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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Synonymshelp: Bourbon-Vendée (In NHM Cat)
Chautonnay (In NHM Cat)
La Rochelle (In NHM Cat)

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