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Villa Regina
Basic information Name: Villa Regina
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: Pre 2005
Country: Argentina
Mass:help 5.03 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 100  (2012)  Iron, 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 18 Jul 2011
Writeup from MB 100:

Villa Regina        39°6’S, 67°4’W

Rio Negro, Argentina

Found: before 2005

Classification: Iron meteorite (IIIAB)

History: Meteorite purchased from a person from Patagonia who stated that it had been found on a farm near Villa Regina by a relative.

Petrography: (J. Wasson, UCLA): Observations based on 37 × 26 mm slab, 4 to 6 mm thick, etched on all cut surfaces. Om; bandwidth 0.8±0.1 mm. Heat altered zone ~2 mm wide on outer surfaces. Small FeS nodules, only 8 mm2 in a total area of about 2100 mm2. No schreibersite was identified. Structure is deformed and fractured. Weathering is minor.

Geochemistry: Co = 5.01 mg/g, Ni = 79.3 mg/g, Ga = 19.3 μg/g, Ge <70 μg/g, As = 4.30 μg/g, Ir = 4.32 μg/g, Au = 0.598 μg/g.

Classification: Iron, IIIAB. The composition of Villa Regina puts it in all IIIAB fields on element-Au diagrams. Its nearest relatives are Mount Wegener and Ssyromolotovo, but it is resolvable from these in terms of Ir and they were found on different continents. It is thus not paired with any other iron.

Data from:
  Table 1
  Line 1938:
State/Prov/County:Rio Negro
Place of purchase:Arizona
Date:before 2005
Mass (g):5030
Class:Iron, IIIAB
Weathering grade:minor
Classifier:J.T. Wasson, UCLA
Type spec mass (g):44
Type spec location:UCLA
Main mass:John Birdsell
Finder:not known
Comments:Submitted by J. T. Wasson
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UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
Birdsell: Arizona Skies Meteorites, P.O. Box 2412, Flagstaff, AZ 86003, United States; Website (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 100, MAPS 49, E1-E101 (2014)
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     Recommended::   (39° 6'S, 67° 4'W)

     This is 1 of 5 approved meteorites from Rio Negro, Argentina (plus 1 unapproved name)
     This is 1 of 81 approved meteorites from Argentina (plus 9 unapproved names) (plus 2 impact craters)
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