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Basic information Name: Wuerhe
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2018
Country: China
Mass:help 6 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 107  (2018)  L5
Recommended:  L5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 6712 approved meteorites (plus 4 unapproved names) classified as L5.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 14 Dec 2018
Writeup from MB 107:

Wuerhe        46°01’01.1’’N, 86°16’34.4’’E

Xinjiang, China

Find: 2018 July 25

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5)

History: Three small meteorites were first found by three anonymous people who were looking for wind-erosed stones of quartz in the desert. These meteorites were confirmed by Pengli Chen. On return back to this area, 10 more pieces were found within 3 days. On September 17-19, 2018, the meteorite hunting team organized by P. Chen searched this area again, and they found 10 other pieces. Counting an additional 3 pieces recovered by anonymous finders, a total of 26 meteorites were collected in this new meteorite strewn field. The total mass is about 6 kg, and the largest piece is 1.3 kg. All of these pieces were completely covered by fusion crust.

Physical characteristics: Two of the meteorites were studied. Black melt veins and pockets can be seen in the exposed surfaces of samples.

Petrography: (Y. Xu, N. Wang and Y. Lin, IGGCAS) Microscopic observations of a polished mount reveal a chondritic texture with recrystallized matrix. Chondrules are readily delineated. It consists mainly of olivine, pyroxene, plagioclase, Fe-Ni metal, and troilite. Plagioclase size is less than 50 μm. Ringwoodite and wadsleyite were found within and close to shock veins and pockets.

Geochemistry: Olivine and pyroxene have homogeneous chemical compositions. Olivine Fa24.6±0.9 (n=12), orthopyroxene Fs20.7± 0.8Wo1.6±0.2 (n=11), plagioclase: An11 (n=5)

Classification: L5 (Y Xu, N. Wang and Y. Lin, IGGCAS)

Specimens: 2 slices with a total mass of 136 g in IGGCAS, 3 pieces with a total mass of ~400 g by P. Chen. Others with anonymous owners.

Data from:
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Date:2018 July 25
Mass (g):~6000
Shock stage:S6
Weathering grade:W1
Fayalite (mol%):24.6 (N=12)
Ferrosilite (mol%):20.7 (N=11)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.6
Classifier:Y. Xu, N. Wang and Y. Lin, IGGCAS
Type spec mass (g):136
Type spec location:IGGCAS
Main mass:Pengli Chen and anonymous
Finder:Pengli Chen, Weiqian Chen and anonymous
Comments:Submitted by Y. Xu, IGGCAS
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IGGCAS: Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China (institutional address; updated 16 Oct 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 107, MAPS 55, 460-462
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     Recommended::   (46° 1' 1"N, 86° 16' 34"E)

     This is 1 of 253 approved meteorites from Xinjiang, China (plus 5 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 397 approved meteorites from China (plus 16 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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