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Misfits Flat 001
Basic information Name: Misfits Flat 001
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2013
Country: United States
Mass:help 326 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 104  (2015)  LL5
Recommended:  LL5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 3312 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as LL5.   [show all]
Search for other: LL chondrites, LL chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 27 May 2015
Writeup from MB 104:

Misfits Flat 001        39°20.88’N, 119°22.92’W

Nevada, USA

Find: 22 Sept 2013

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL5)

History: (P. Jenniskens, SETI): A meteorite was found by Scot Harlan of Salinas on Misfits Flat dry lake near Stagecoach, Nevada on Sept. 22, 2013. In 18 subsequent visits up to November 11, 2014, a total of 56 stones of weathering stage W2/3 were found with a combined mass of 326 g in a small 350 × 180 m area.

Physical characteristics: (P. Jenniskens, SETI): Most were fragments from broken up individuals and found near each other in a small 350 × 180 m area. At least one meteorite in that area (MF7) was fully crusted and fresh looking.

Petrography (M. Zolensky, NASA JSC): Sample MF1 contained 7-10 mm sized, well- to poorly-defined chondrules. MF16 shows only a few chondrules. Undulatory extinction was observed for the majority of the olivine crystals. Samples MF16, MF10, and MF13 were found to be the same type.

Geochemistry: Mineralogy and Geochemistry (M. Zolensky, JSC): MF16 had an average olivine composition of Fa25.8 (8 best analyses). The percentage mean deviation (PMD) was 1.5%. The CaO content of olivine ranged from 0.02 to 0.04 wt%. Low-Ca pyroxene had an average composition of Fs23.2 Wo1.8 (4 best analyses), with PMD of 0.4%. Kamacite was observed as well as coarse-grained plagioclase.

Classification (M. Zolensky, JSC): LL5, S2, W2

Specimens: Type specimens (MF16 and MF33) at UCLA. Main mass (45.7 g) with finder.

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Origin or pseudonym:Misfits Flat dry lake
Date:22 Sept 2013
Mass (g):326
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W2
Fayalite (mol%):25.8±0.4 (N=8)
Ferrosilite (mol%):23.2±0.09 (N=4)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.8±0.1 (N=4)
Classifier:M. Zolensky, JSC
Type spec mass (g):21.6
Type spec location:UCLA
Main mass:S. Harlan, Salinas
Finder:S. Harlan, Salinas
Comments:Submitted by P. Jenniskens (SETI)
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JSC: Mailcode XI, 2101 NASA Parkway, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX 77058, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 28 Jul 2022)
UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
SETI: SETI Institute, Carl Sagan Center, 189 Bernardo Avenue, Mountain View, California 94043, United States (institutional address; updated 22 May 2012)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 104, MAPS 52, 2284, Octover 2017, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.12930/full
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     Recommended::   (39° 20' 53"N, 119° 22' 55"W)

     This is 1 of 184 approved meteorites from Nevada, United States (plus 4 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 1930 approved meteorites from United States (plus 866 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)
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