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Elephant Moraine 96096
Basic information Name: Elephant Moraine 96096
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: EET 96096
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1996
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 12.7 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 21(2)  (1998)  C2
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 83  (1999)  C2
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  C2
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  CM2
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 31(1)  (2008)  CM2
Recommended:  CM2    [explanation]

This is 1 of 622 approved meteorites classified as CM2.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 2), CM chondrites, and CM-CO clan chondrites
Writeup from AMN 21(2):

Sample No


EET96096; EET96097;
EET96098; EET96226


Elephant Moraine

Dimensions (cm):

5.0x2.5x1.0; 2.5x1.5x1.5;
3.5x1.5x2.0; 1.9x1.5x0.5

Weight (g):

12.68; 12.91; 15.31; 2.05

Meteorite Type:

C2 Chondrite

Macroscopic Description: Kathleen McBride and Cecilia Satterwhite
These carbonaceous chondrites have minor amounts of fusion crust on their black exteriors. The interiors reveal a dark black matrix with abundant white to tan colored inclusions/chondrules. All are friable.

Thin Section (EET96096,2; 96097,2; 96226,2) Description: Tim McCoy

EET96096 - Cross-Polarized Light EET96097 - Cross-Polarized Light EET96098 - Cross-Polarized Light EET96226 - Cross-Polarized Light
EET96096 EET96097 EET96098 EET96226

The sections consist of a few small chondrules (up to 0.5 mm), mineral grains and CAIs set in a black matrix; rare metal and sulfide grains are present. Olivine shows a broad range of compositions (Fa0-42) with most grains Fa0-2. Pyroxene is Fs1-6. The matrix consists dominantly of an Fe-rich serpentine. The meteorites are C2 chondrites that are paired with each other and quite possibly with the EET96005 pairing group.

Data from:
  Table A1
  Line 27:
Origin or pseudonym:Meteorite City
Mass (g):12.7
Weathering grade:B
Fayalite (mol%):0-32
Ferrosilite (mol%):4
Comments:96005 pairing group
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 21(2) (1998), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 83, MAPS 34, A169-A186 (1999)
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Photos from the Encyclopedia of Meteorites:
Dr Carlton Allen, JSC-KT, NASA   

     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (76° 11'S, 157° 10'E)
     Recommended::   (76° 11'S, 157° 10'E)

     This is 1 of 43856 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 3802 unapproved names)
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