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Basic information Name: Sołtmany
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2011
Country: Poland
Mass:help 1066 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 100  (2012)  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: Approved 18 Jul 2011
Writeup from MB 100:

Sołtmany        54°00.53’N, 22°00.30’E

Warmińsko-mazurskie, Poland

Fell: 2011 Apr 30, 6:03 CEST

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L6)

History: At 6:03 CEST, April 30, 2011, a stone penetrated the edge of a roof and onto a concrete step at a farm in the village of Sołtmany, Poland. It was immediately found by the owners of the farm, alarmed by loud noise. Mr. Roman Rzepka from the nearby town of Giżycko, recognized the stone as meteoritic, and informed scientists. On May 2, fragments of the stone were purchased and distributed among laboratories for examination.

Physical characteristics: The meteorite was broken by the impact into 813 g, 155 g and many smaller pieces. Later the main mass was broken by the finder. Total mass is at least 1066 g. Most pieces have 1-1.5 mm thick fusion crust. The crust is of the same thickness all around the meteorite, what suggests the stone was a single fall. The hole in the roof and the trace of impact onto the step below showed that the fall was nearly vertical. Internally, the stone is nearly white, with clearly visible troilite and FeNi grains (to 3 mm), dispersed uniformly throughout the meteorite. Only a few chondrules are visible.

Petrography: (Łukasz Karwowski, USil) Chondrule and matrix olivines and pyroxenes show homogeneous compositions. Low-Ca pyroxene is usually accompanied by Ca pyroxene. In larger grains of feldspar albitic twinning is visible. Sparse chondrules (to 2 mm) are well crystallized and lack glass. There is accessory F-Cl-bearing apatite. Opaque minerals are represented by troilite, kamacite, taenite, and rare chromite. Small grains of copper are visible in taenite grains.

Geochemistry: Olivine Fa25.6; low-Ca pyroxene Fs21.9Wo1.5; high-Ca pyroxene En46.6Fs8.8Wo44.6; feldspar Ab85Or5An10; kamacite Fe 95.87, Ni 5.23, Co 0.74 wt%; troilite Fe 50.23, S 49.69 wt%. Accessory: chromite, Fe-Cl apatite, metallic Cu in taenite.

Classification: Equilibrated ordinary chondrite (L6), W0, S2.

Specimens: 65g at USil (type specimen). Also 120 g at UTWroc.

Data from:
  Table 1
  Line 1902:
Date:2011 Apr 30, 6:03 CEST
Mass (g):1066
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W0
Fayalite (mol%):25.6
Ferrosilite (mol%):21.9
Wollastonite (mol%):44.6
Magnetic suscept.:4.71±0.04
Classifier:Karwowski, USil
Type spec mass (g):65
Type spec location:USil
Main mass:Finder
Finder:A. Lewandowska
Comments:Submitted by Andrzej S. Pilski
   and collections
USil: Earth Sciences Museum, Institute of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice, B?dzi?ska 60, Sosnowiec, 41_200, Poland; Website (institutional address; updated 22 Nov 2020)
UTWroc: Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Geoengineering Mining and Geology, Institute of Minings, Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw, Poland (institutional address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 100, MAPS 49, E1-E101 (2014)
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     This is 1 of 2 approved meteorites from Suwalki, Poland
     This is 1 of 25 approved meteorites from Poland (plus 9 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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