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Orlov Dol
Basic information Name: Orlov Dol
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2018
Country: Bulgaria
Mass:help 151 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 109  (2020)  Iron, IID
Recommended:  Iron, IID    [explanation]

This is 1 of 27 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IID.   [show all]
Search for other: IID irons, Iron meteorites, and Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 5 Feb 2020
Revised 18 Dec 2020: Corrected state/privince
Writeup from MB 109:

Orlov Dol        42.113271°N, 26.163802°E

Burgas, Bulgaria

Find: 2018

Classification: Iron meteorite (IID)

History: In the summer of 2018, Ivan Ivanov, Nedko Rusev, and Zhivko Andonov were walking an old country road near the village of Orlov Dol, when they noticed an unusual stone in the middle of the road. There had been heavy rain the previous day, which washed away the road. They removed the stone from the ground and found it to be metallic. They took it with them and left it in an old barn, not knowing what it could be. The stone stayed there for almost a year. On 2019 June 6, they attended a BGNMHA (Bulgarian Gold Nugget and Meteorite Hunting Association) meeting, and brought a small piece for analysis. XRF analysis indicated a high Ni content (13 wt%) and there was a visible Widmanstätten pattern on the surface. Subsequently, a sample was sent by George Penneff to Jerome Gattacceca (CEREGE) for further analysis and classification.

Physical characteristics: A single mass covered with rust.

Petrography: Etching of a polished section reveals a medium octahedrite texture with average kamacite bandwidth 0.83±0.21 mm. Martensitic areas and Neumann bands are present.

Geochemistry: (J.T. Wasson, UCLA): INAA data, Ni = 98.7, Co = 6.66 (both mg/g), Cu = 282, Ga = 70.5, As = 4.3, W= 2.97, Re = 1.977, Ir = 18.9, Pt = 20.9, Au = 0.602 (all μg/g).

Classification: Iron, IID

Specimens: Type specimen at CEREGE. Main mass with Ivan Ivanov.

Data from:
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Mass (g):151000
Class:Iron, IID
Classifier:J. Gattacceca, CEREGE
Type spec mass (g):287
Type spec location:CEREGE
Main mass:Ivan Ivanov
Finder:Ivan Ivanov, Nedko Rusev and Zhivko Andonov
Comments:Submitted by Jérôme Gattacceca
   and collections
CEREGE: CEREGE BP 80 Avenue Philibert, Technopole de l'Arbois 13545 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 4 France, France (institutional address; updated 10 Jun 2023)
UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 109, in preparation (2020)
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