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Ramlat Fasad 541
Basic information Name: Ramlat Fasad 541
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: RF 541
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2017
Country: Oman
Mass:help 21.3 g
Recommended:  CV3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 605 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as CV3.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 3), CV chondrites, and CV-CK clan chondrites
Comments: Approved 30 Aug 2021
Writeup from MB 110:

Ramlat Fasad 541        18°55.162’N, 53°21.235’E

Zufar, Oman

Find: 2017 Feb 01

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3)

History: Found during a search for meteorites.

Physical characteristics: Dark brown fragment, well preserved fusion crust on one side, broken surfaces strongly wind-ablated.

Petrography: (Åke Rosén, E. Gnos, B. Hofmann) Chondrules and CAIs in dark-brown matrix, chondrules contain brown glass. Typical size of chondrules 0.8-1.5 mm. Matrix and chondrule rims contain metal, troilite and magnetite, partially replacing metal (grains up to 0.5 mm) and sulfide. Unshocked (S1), low weathering.

Geochemistry: (Å. Rosén) Olivine Fa3.5±2.1, range Fa0.3-7.0 (N=41). Orthopyroxene Fs1.0±0.2Wo1.0±0.3 (N = 8). Oxygen isotopes: (R. Greenwood, OU) δ18O = -0.261 δ17O = -5.059 Δ17O = -4.923 (all permil).

Classification: Based on chondrule size, mineralogy and oxygen isotopes this is a carbonaceous chondrite, type CV3, low weathering, unshocked. Paired with Ramlat Fasad 542 found at a distance of 150 m.

Specimens: 6.5 g and one polished thin section at NMBE. Main mass: MHTO.

Data from:
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Origin or pseudonym:Desert plain
Date:2017 Feb 01
Mass (g):21.268
Shock stage:S1
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):3.5±2.1 (n=41)
Ferrosilite (mol%):1.0±0.2 (n=8)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.0±0.3 (n=8)
Magnetic suscept.:3.92
Classifier:Å. Rosén, E. Gnos, B. Hofmann
Type spec mass (g):6.500
Type spec location:NMBE
Main mass:MHTO
Finder:Martin Bucher, Urs Eggenberger, Edwin Gnos, Beda Hofmann, Ioannis Kouvatsis, Malgorzata Sliz, Zaid Al-Musharrafi
Comments:Field number 1702_0046; submitted by Beda Hofmann
Plots: O isotopes:  
   and collections
NMBE: Natural History Museum Bern Bernastrasse 15 CH-3005 Bern Switzerland, Switzerland; Website (institutional address; updated 2 Mar 2012)
OU: Planetary and Space Sciences Department of Physical Sciences The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA United Kingdom, United Kingdom (institutional address; updated 8 Dec 2011)
MHTO: Ministry of Heritage and Tourism Muscat , Oman (institutional address; updated 10 Apr 2021)
References: Published in Gattacceca J., McCubbin F.M., Grossman J., Bouvier A., Chabot N.L., D'Orazio M., Goodrich C., Greshake A., Gross J., Komatsu M., Miao B., and Schrader D. (2022) The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 110. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 1-4
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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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