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New York
Basic information Name: New York
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1965
Country: (unknown)
Mass:help 2.95 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 101  (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 23 Aug 2012
Writeup from MB 101:

New York

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Purchased: May 2007

Classification: Iron, IIIAB

History: Meteorite was purchased by Labenne from Mark Grubb, who reported that his grandfather purchased the meteorite in about 1965 from the captain of a fishing vessel in New York. The Cape York IIIAB irons have a wide range in compositions (e.g., Ir ranges from 3.0 to 5.7 mg/g) and the composition of this meteorite, with the exception of slightly low As, falls near the high-Ir end of the range. It is possible that this is a Cape York iron, possibly purchased from an Inuit by the ship captain.

Physical characteristics: The mass has the average dimension of 90 × 110 × 80 mm. In the past a large piece was removed and the cut surface polished and etched; a thick patina of rust has developed on this surface.

Petrography: Small section (10 × 12 mm) examined; bandwidth not well defined, 0.90±2 mm. Meteorite weathered on exterior; Widmanstätten pattern is visible in a region 3 mm thick. Plessite mottled, distorted and recrystallized. One small 0.7 × 3.3 mm FeS grain has a metal band crossing it; band has thin FeS stripes oriented parallel to its long axis. No schreibersite was recognized. Meteorite experienced preterrestrial shock followed by annealing and recrystallization.

Geochemistry: Composition: 4.99 mg/g Co, 76.6 mg/g Ni, 18.4 μg/g Ga, <50 μg/g Ge, 3.73 μg/g As, 5.29 μg/g Ir, and 0.594 μg/g Au. Based on the composition and structure, the iron belongs to group IIIAB. The only close relative may be Toubil River. However, only the 20% low As content is inconsistent with it being part of the Cape York compositional trend described by Esbensen et al. (1982); it may be a slightly deviant member of the Cape York shower.

  • Esbensen K. H., Buchwald V. F., Malvin D. J., and Wasson J. T. (1982) Systematic compositional variations in the Cape York iron meteorite. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 46, 1913–1920 (link)
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Origin or pseudonym:not known
Date:P May 2008
Mass (g):2950
Weathering grade:high
Classifier:J. T. Wasson, UCLA
Type spec mass (g):52.5
Type spec location:UCLA
Main mass:L. Labenne
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)
Labenne: 23, rue de Esperance, 75013 Paris, France; Website (private address; updated 29 Aug 2012)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 101, MAPS 50, 1661, September 2015
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     This is 1 of 34 approved meteorites from (unknown) (plus 15 unapproved names)

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