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Basic information Name: Kemer
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2008
Country: Turkey
Mass:help 5.76 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 99  (2011)  L4
Recommended:  L4    [explanation]

This is 1 of 1558 approved meteorites (plus 4 unapproved names) classified as L4.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 11 May 2011
Writeup from MB 99:

Kemer        36°32'31"N, 29°25'05.6"E

Mugla, Turkey

Fell: March 3, 2008

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L4)

History: Sonic booms were heard between 11 am and noon local time south of Kemer Town, Fethiye County, Mugla. A young woman, Mrs Rabia Saadet, was hanging out her washing when she was startled by a loud booming sound. A stone fell about 50 m away in her wheat field by her house. Panicked, she hid in her home. Later she went back to the field and discovered a black stone buried about 25 cm. Her father called the village chief, "muhtar", who called the local police. Another rock was found 500 m away and both were taken to Fethiye Governor’s Office. Mesut Kasikci, a meteorite hunter living in France called the muhtar and informed Prof. Mehmet Emin Özel, an astrophysicist at CanaU, Physics Department, of the fall. Prof. Özel and Tamer Akin, his assistant, went to Fethiye and acquired the stones from the Governor. A third piece was found ten days later.

Physical characteristics: Three fusion crusted stones were found: Stone 1, 4 × 11 × 7.5 cm, 2.56 kg; Stone 2, 1.7 kg, 36°32'39.9"N, 29°24'49.9"E; and Stone 3, 1.5 kg - 36°32'35.4"N 29°24'20"E).

Petrography: Matrix poor, chondrule rich. Chondrules of variable sizes and textures, some slightly deformed. Occurrence of rare relict olivines, chromites, two phosphates: chlorapatite and whitlockite up to 300 μm. An idiomorphic Zr oxide was observed in an ilmenite crystal from a chondrule. Amoeboid objects containing diopside, chromite and feldspar. Polycrystalline sulfides, healed faults and maskelynite.

Geochemistry: EMPA of crystals indicate a more homogeneous composition for the olivine (Fa23-25 average 24, sd=1) than for the pyroxene (average Fs19, sd=4).

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L4)

Specimens: A sample of 157.2 g from the first stone, a PTS and a thick PS are on deposit at the MNHNP. Mr Kasikçi holds the main mass. The second (1.7 kg) and the third (1.5 kg) stones are kept by Prof. Özel now at CagU.

Data from:
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Date:March 3, 2008
Mass (g):5760
Shock stage:S4/5
Weathering grade:W0
Fayalite (mol%):23-25 (mean 24, n=13)
Ferrosilite (mol%):8-22 (n=16); 10.5-20.5 (n=4)
Wollastonite (mol%):0.3-5.8 (n=16); 12.6-48.4 (n=4)
Classifier:Catherine Caillet Komorowski, MNHNP
Type spec mass (g):157.2
Type spec location:MNHNP
Main mass:Kasikçi
Finder:Mrs Rabia Saadet.
Comments:Submitted by Catherine Caillet Komorowski, MNHNP
   and collections
MNHNP: Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, IMPMC-CP52, 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France, France; Website (institutional address)
CagU: Çag University Space Research and Observation Center, Tarsus, Turkey (institutional address; updated 11 May 2011)
CanaU: Çanakkale University, Turkey (institutional address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 99, April 2012, MAPS 47, E1-E52 (2012) [published online only]
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     Recommended::   (36° 32' 31"N, 29° 25' 6"E)

     This is the only approved meteorite from Mugla, Turkey
     This is 1 of 16 approved meteorites from Turkey (plus 4 unapproved names)
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