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Basic information Name: Sazlidere
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2001
Country: Turkey
Mass:help 13.18 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 111  (2023)  Iron, IAB-ung
Recommended:  Iron, IAB-ung    [explanation]

This is 1 of 68 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IAB-ung.   [show all]
Search for other: IAB complex irons, Iron meteorites, and Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 19 Mar 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Sazlidere        39°41’34.3"N, 35°41’17.1"E

Yozgat, Turkey

Find: July 2001

Classification: Iron meteorite (IAB, ungrouped)

History: A single stone, weighing about 13.1 kg, was found by Suleyman Selvi and his son in 2001 near Sazlidere in Turkey. They took the rock home and kept it inside for twenty years. In 2021, pictures as well as a piece of the rock were sent to Dr. Mehmet Yesiltas for investigation.

Physical characteristics: The meteorite weights approximately 13.1 kg. It has well-developed regmaglypts all over the surface with some rusting.

Petrography: Polished and etched surface suggests medium octahedrite with an average kamacite bandwidth of 1.0 ± 0.25 mm. Schreibersite and troilite are present as accessory phases. Schreibersite appears roughly near the center of some kamacites. No other inclusions recognized in the studied section. Minimal-to-moderate weathering is present.

Geochemistry: (Dept. of Geology Engineering at Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa) Bulk composition via LA-ICP-MS: Ni = 71.51 mg/g, Co = 3.81 mg/g, Ga = 77.85 µg/g, Ge = 209.26 µg/g, Au = 2.16 µg/g, Cu = 303.76 µg/g, As = 18.67 µg/g, Sb = 750 µg/g, W = 1.42 µg/g.

Classification: Iron, IAB-ung. Falls close to the sHL subgroup based on As and Cu; however, Ni and Co are too low and Ge and Ga are too high to be considered part of the sHL group of the IAB complex by Wasson and Kallemeyn (2002).

  • Wasson J.T. and Kallemeyn, G.W. (2002) The IAB iron-meteorite complex: A group, five subgroups, numerous grouplets, closely related, mainly formed by crystal segregation in rapidly cooling melts. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 66 2445-2473 (link)
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Date:July 2001
Mass (g):13180
Class:Iron, IAB-ung
Classifier:Mehmet Yesiltas (KirkU), Namik Aysal (Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa).
Type spec mass (g):180
Type spec location:KirkU
Main mass:Huseyin Selvi
Finder:Suleyman Selvi
Comments:Submitted by Mehmet Yesiltas
   and collections
KirkU: Dr. Mehmet Yesiltas Faculty of Aeronautics and Space Sciences Office: Z10 Kirklareli University – Kayali Campus Kirklareli, Turkey 39100, Turkey (institutional address; updated 4 Jul 2019)
References: Published in Gattacceca J., McCubbin F. M., Grossman J. N., Schrader D. L., Chabot N. L., D’Orazio M., Goodrich C., Greshake A., Gross J., Joy K. H., Komatsu M. and Miao B. (2023) The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 111. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 58, 901–904. ?
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     This is 1 of 2 approved meteorites from Yozgat, Turkey
     This is 1 of 26 approved meteorites from Turkey (plus 4 unapproved names)
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