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Dhofar 535
Basic information Name: Dhofar 535
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: Dho 535
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2000
Country: Oman
Mass:help 204 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 87  (2003)  Chondrite-ung
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Chondrite-ung
Recommended:  Chondrite-ung    [explanation]

This is 1 of 21 approved meteorites classified as Chondrite-ung.   [show all]
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Writeup from MB 87:

Dhofar 535


Found 2000 January 16

Chondrite (ungrouped)

Many stones weighing a total of 204 g were found in the Dhofar region of Oman. Mineralogy and classification (M. Ivanova, Vernad; L. Taylor, UTenn): the meteorite consists of chondrules, 0.08–3.2 mm in diameter, (0.86 mm in average) of different types, PO, POP, BO, RP, CC, and their fragments embedded in a fine-grained matrix. Chondrule/matrix ratio is 1.1. Olivine and low-Ca pyroxene have large compositional ranges: olivine has Fa1–50, CaO 0.2 wt%; Al2O3 0.06 wt%, Cr2O3 0.09 wt%, PMD of Fa 42%; low-Ca pyroxene is Wo2– 3.5En53–95; chondrules contain glassy mesostasis. Accessory minerals include: pigeonite, chromite, troilite, rare hydroxides, and rare FeNi metal (Ni 5 wt%; Co 0.4 wt%). Thermoluminescence studies (A. I. Ivliev, Vernad) indicate petrologic type 3.2/3.3. The meteorite is heavily weathered, and some silicates are altered. Weathering grade is W5; shock stage is S1. Based on the very low abundance of FeNi metal and hydroxides, Dho 535 could belong to either the LL or R chondrite groups but with very abundant matrix. The average size of chondrules is consistent with LL chondrites. A histogram showing the distribution of olivine is similar to unequilibrated ordinary chondrites. FeNi metal is mostly kamacite, typical for H chondrites and unusual for R chondrites. Sulfide assemblages and chromite chemistry are also unusual for R chondrites. The absence of refractory objects and olivine chemistry distinguish Dho 535 from C3 chondrites. Oxygen isotope composition (R. N. Clayton, UChi): δ18O = +8.56‰; δ17O = +4.96‰, Δ17Ο = 4.51‰ [sic; note from Database Editor: this should probably be Δ17Ο = 0.51‰] is unusual for any chondrite type. Specimens: type specimen of 46.8 g and thin section, Vernad; main mass with anonymous finder.

Data from:
  Table 4
  Line 119:
Date:11 Jan 2000
Mass (g):204
Class:Chond Ung
Classifier:M. Ivanova, Vernad, L. Taylor, UTenn
Type spec mass (g):49.5
Plots: O isotopes:  
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UChi: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, United States (institutional address; updated 28 Feb 2011)
UTenn: Planetary Geosciences Institute, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee, 1412 Circle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-1410, United States (institutional address; updated 1 Nov 2011)
Vernad: Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russia (institutional address; updated 21 Feb 2016)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 87, MAPS 38, A189-A248 (2003)
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     This is 1 of 2166 approved meteorites from Zufar, Oman (plus 24 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 4000 approved meteorites from Oman (plus 436 unapproved names)
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