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Basic information Name: Cloppenburg
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2017
Country: Germany
Mass:help 141 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 106  (2018)  H4-5
Recommended:  H4-5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 85 approved meteorites classified as H4-5.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 6 Aug 2017
Writeup from MB 106:

Cloppenburg        52°50.262’N, 7°59.769’E

Niedersachsen, Germany

Find: 15 March 2017

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H4-5)

History: (D. Heinlein) The rock was found by the facility manager of a school while collecting rocks for the school garden, lying on a rock pile next to a potato field. The stone was kept by the finder, because of its unusual appearance and its magnetic properties.

Physical characteristics: D. Heinlein and A. Bischoff, IfP: The sample has a total mass of 141 g. Two slices were cut from the piece and some material was removed for bulk chemical analysis. From the remaining type specimen of 20.5 g, three polished thin sections were prepared. The actual main mass of 117.6 g has a density of 3.33±0.03 g/cm3. The fusion crust is absent due to weathering.

Petrography: S. Ebert, J. Storz, A. Bischoff, IfP: The meteorite is heavily weathered (W3). The remaining metal grains have thick rims of terrestrial alteration products (Fe-oxides and -hydroxides). The rock is a breccia containing fragments of petrologic type 4 and 5. The planar fractures in olivine indicate that the breccia is weakly shocked (S3); shock veins are also present. The occurrence of vivianite indicates that the sample was weathered in a very wet environment consistent with the find location in Lower Saxony having abundant moors.

Geochemistry: Mineral compositions and geochemistry: S. Ebert and J. Storz: The mean composition of olivine is Fa18.5±0.3 with a compositional range of Fa17.7-19.1 (n=34). The low-Ca pyroxenes have a mean composition of Fs16.4±0.6 (n= 31) with a range of Fs15.6-20.6.

Specimens: Type specimen: IfP; main mass of 117.6 g with Heinlein.

Data from:
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Date:15 March 2017
Mass (g):141
Shock stage:S3
Weathering grade:W3
Fayalite (mol%):18.5±0.3 (n=34)
Ferrosilite (mol%):16.4±0.6 (n=31)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.1±0.5 (n=31)
Classifier:J. Storz, S. Ebert, A. Bischoff, IfP
Type spec mass (g):20.5
Type spec location:IfP
Main mass:D. Heinlein (Heinlein Meteorite Collection, Augsburg)
Comments:Breccia with shock veins; submitted by Samuel Ebert and Addi Bischoff, IfP
   and collections
IfP: Institut für Planetologie, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, 48149 Münster, Germany (institutional address; updated 23 Jan 2012)
Heinlein: Dieter Heinlein, Lilienstrasse 3, 86156 Augsburg, Germany; Website (private address)
References: Published in Gattacceca J., Bouvier A., Grossman J., Metzler K., and Uehara M. (2019) Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 106. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 54 in press.
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     This is 1 of 9 approved meteorites from Niedersachsen, Germany (plus 2 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 55 approved meteorites from Germany (plus 22 unapproved names) (plus 2 impact craters)
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