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Battle Mountain
Basic information Name: Battle Mountain
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2012
Country: United States
Mass:help 2.9 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 101  (2012)  L6
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 12780 approved meteorites (plus 11 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 2 Oct 2012
Writeup from MB 101:

Battle Mountain        40.66813°N, 117.18913°W

Humboldt County, Nevada, USA

Fell: 2012 Aug 22 06:17 (UTC)

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L6)

History: The fall was observed in weather radar imagery from the US NEXRAD radar network,  operated by the US National Weather Service. The discovery and analysis was done by Dr. Marc Fries, Galactic Analytics LLC. The KLRX radar in Elko, Nevada, is approximately 33 km from the fall site and recorded the fall in eight radar sweeps between 0619.26 UTC and 0621.03 UTC. This time span of 97 s is short compared to other meteorite falls observed by radar. This could be a result of meteorite production by a single, large breakup event, by relatively little fragmentation, or a combination of the two factors. The first stone was found on September 1, 2012, 10:50 AM (PDT) by Robert Verish; it weighs 19.25 g.  As of 3 Oct 2012, at least 23 stones with a total mass of ~2.9 kg have been reported.

Physical characteristics: Most stones have a similar appearance, with a blocky shape where corners are not well-rounded; where orientation is exhibited, it is poorly developed. Regmaglypts are smaller than thumb-sized. Fusion-crust is uniformly distributed but thin, and on some sides of several stones displays a brownish patina on an otherwise uniformly black surface.

Petrography: (Alan Rubin, UCLA): The stone is recrystallized with 50-μm-size plagioclase grains. Olivine grains exhibit weak mosaicism; many chromite grains are extensively fractured. Troilite grains commonly polycrystalline. There has been localized melting of metal and sulfide. Several grains of metallic Cu occur inside metal at the boundaries of small (apparently melted) irregularly shaped troilite grains.

Geochemistry: Ca-pyroxene Fs7.8Wo43.7 (n=2); low-Ca pyroxene Fs19.8±0.2Wo1.3±0.3% (n=22)

Classification: Ordinary Chondrite (L6), grains are extensively fractured - moderately shocked (S4), unweathered (W0).

Specimens: An endcut of the 19.25 g stone found Sept. 1 was thin-sectioned and classified by UCLA. A slice from this stone of 3.85 g (20%) is held by UCLA. Another stone (56.5 g) was found in 3 pieces and is held by the finder, Martin Cunningham, Battle Mountain, Nevada. The finder donated one of the 3 pieces to UCLA which makes a total of 46 g type specimen. The second find from this fall (954 g) is held by RWard, who purchased it from the finder. This stone is the largest mass recovered to date.

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Origin or pseudonym:mountainous
Date:2012 Aug 22 06:17 (UTC)
Mass (g):2900
Shock stage:S4
Weathering grade:W0
Fayalite (mol%):23.2±0.3 (n=26)
Ferrosilite (mol%):19.8±0.2 (n=22)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.3±0.3 (n=22)
Classifier:A. Rubin, UCLA
Type spec mass (g):46
Type spec location:UCLA
Main mass:RWard
Finder:Bob Verish
Comments:Submitted by R.Verish
   and collections
UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
Verish: Robert Verish, Meteorite-Recovery Lab, P.O. Box 463084, Escondido, CA 92046, United States; Website (private address; updated 27 May 2009)
RWard: No contact information provided. (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 101, MAPS 50, 1661, September 2015
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United States
     Recommended::   (40° 40' 5"N, 117° 11' 21"W)

     This is 1 of 184 approved meteorites from Nevada, United States (plus 4 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 1927 approved meteorites from United States (plus 866 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)
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