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Elmore County
Basic information Name: Elmore County
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1940
Country: United States
Mass:help 578 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 107  (2018)  Iron, IAB-MG
Recommended:  Iron, IAB-MG    [explanation]

This is 1 of 120 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IAB-MG.   [show all]
Search for other: IAB complex irons, Iron meteorites, and Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 30 Jun 2018
Writeup from MB 107:

Elmore County

United States

Find: 1940

Classification: Iron meteorite (IAB-MG)

History: Purportedly found in Alabama, USA. Presented to UCLA by L. Garvie in 2014. The find account provided by Fred Barxt is the following: "Many years after leaving medicine, I learned that I practiced in near proximity to the Wetumpka Impact Crater. Not knowing that any fragments of the impact meteorite would have long ago rusted, I asked Greg Dubay to ask his patients if any of them had found fragments of the meteorite and if they would allow me to hunt their property. Michael Mulgrew politely pointed out that this was an exercise in futility--a fact I failed to convey to Greg Dubay. One of his patients (Mr. Greathouse) relayed that they had a "space rock" in their house that had been found by his father and/or uncle in the 1940s. This farmer family was working the land for most of their lives. One day, they encountered a rock unlike anything they had seen before and brought it home. Sometime in the next decade or so, it was transported to Auburn University, where it was confirmed to be a meteorite and painted with a sealant. Mr. Greathouse gave the piece to Dr Dubay who, in turn, gave it to me. After I received it, I carefully removed the sealant with pure acetone. While he was alive, I asked Dr. Dubay to inquire if he knew the origin of the find or even the name of the farm from where it came. Regrettably, such specifics were forgotten years ago, if they were ever known. All I know is that is was unearthed in Elmore County, Alabama."

Geochemistry: (J.T. Wasson, UCLA): INAA data (average of two samples), Ni = 66.4, Co = 4.48 (both mg/g), Ga = 89.6, As = 11, W = 1.25, Ir = 4.1, Au = 1.457 (all µg/g).

Classification: Iron, IAB main group. Chemical composition is similar to Campo del Cielo with which it may be paired.

Specimens: Type specimens at UCLA and ASU (both >20 g).

Data from:
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Mass (g):578
Class:Iron, IAB-MG
Classifier:J.T. Wasson, UCLA
Type spec mass (g):40
Type spec location:UCLA
Main mass:Fred Bxart
Comments:Submitted by J.T. Wasson
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ASU: Center for Meteorite Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-1404, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 14 Jan 2012)
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. 107, MAPS 55, 460-462
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     This is 1 of 1919 approved meteorites from United States (plus 867 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)

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