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Basic information Name: Heyetang
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1998
Country: China
Mass:help 2.5 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 102  (2013)  L3
Recommended:  L3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 851 approved meteorites (plus 2 unapproved names) classified as L3.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Approved 27 May 2013
Writeup from MB 102:

Heyetang        27°14’ 48.73” N, 111°19’ 18.72” E

Hunan, China

Fell: late October 1998

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L3)

History: In late October, 1998, Mr. Wen and his friends heard a loud shrill sound and saw a fireball and subsequent landing of a meteorite about 200 m away. The meteorite embedded itself in a recently harvested rice field. The stone was said to be hot after being dug from the hole. It was bought by IGGCAS in August, 2012.

Physical characteristics: The 2.5 kg meteorite is an almost complete rounded stone covered by black fusion crust. Small light gray-colored chondrules set in matrix are evident. Rust spots on the surface.

Petrography: (G. Wang GIGCAS. W. Shen and S. Hu, IGGCAS). Chodrules 100-1500 μm in diameter, average ~300 μm. The chondrules/matrix ratio is about 5. The abundance of metal and sulfide is about 5 vol%.

Geochemistry: (G. Wang, X. Jiang and D. Wang, GIGCAS; W. Shen, S. Hu and Y. Lin, IGGCAS). Olivine, Fa6.69-33.5, low Ca-pyroxene, Fs1.70-40.3Wo0.09-5.71. Opaque minerals dominated by sulfide, kamacite, and taenite with minor limonite. The average content of Co is 7.1 mg/g in kamacite.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite, L3, S2, W1.

Specimens: Most of the sample is on deposit at IGGCAS. About 90 g of sample is on deposit at GIGCAS.

Data from:
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Origin or pseudonym:rice field
Date:late October 1998
Latitude:27°14' 48.73” N
Longitude:111°19' 18.72” E
Mass (g):2500
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W1
Fayalite (mol%):18.3 (6.69-33.5, N=26)
Ferrosilite (mol%):11.9 (1.70-40.3, N=26)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.82 (0.09-5.71, N=26)
Classifier:G. Wang, GIG and Y. Lin, CAS
Type spec mass (g):2500
Type spec location:IGGCAS, GIG
Main mass:IGGCAS
Finder:Y. Wen
Comments:Submitted by Y. Lin and G. Wang
   and collections
GIG: Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510640, China (institutional address; updated 27 Feb 2011)
IGGCAS: Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China (institutional address; updated 16 Oct 2011)
CAS: Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China (institutional address; updated 16 Oct 2011)
GIGCAS: Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (institutional address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 102, MAPS 50, 1662, September 2015
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     This is 1 of 5 approved meteorites from Hunan, China
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