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Queen Alexandra Range 99355
Basic information Name: Queen Alexandra Range 99355
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: QUE 99355
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1999
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 32.4 g
Classification
  history:
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  CM2
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 25(1)  (2002)  CM2
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 86  (2002)  CM2
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  CM2
Recommended:  CM2    [explanation]

This is 1 of 540 approved meteorites classified as CM2.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 2), CM chondrites, and CM-CO clan chondrites
Comments: Field number: 11884
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Writeup from AMN 25(1):
Sample No.: QUE 99355
Location: Queen Alexandra Range
Field No.: 11884
Dimensions (cm):   4.0x2.5x1.5
Weight (g): 32.366
Meteorite Type: CM2 Chondrite
    QUE99355

Macroscopic Description: Kathleen McBride
The exterior of this carbonaceous chondrite is covered with 75% black foamy fusion crust with polygonal fractures and it has a slight purplish sheen. The interior is composed of dull black matrix, with powdery texture that is not very friable. Light colored chondrules < 1 mm in size are visible.

Thin Section (, 2) Description: Gretchen Benedix, Linda Welzenbach, and Tim McCoy

QUE 99355 - Plane-Polarized Light QUE 99355 - Cross-Polarized Light
Plane-Polarized Light Cross-Polarized Light
The section consist of a few small chondrules (up to 1 mm), mineral grains, and CAIs set in a black matrix; rare metal and sulfide grains are present. Olivine compositions are Fa0-41, with a prominent peak at Fa0-2. The matrix consists dominantly of Fe-rich serpentine. The meteorite is a CM2 chondrite. Pairing with QUE 99342 is possible.

Data from:
  MB86
  Table A1
  Line 328:
Origin or pseudonym:Goodwin Nunataks Icefields
Mass (g):32.4
Class:CM2
Weathering grade:B
Fayalite (mol%):1-42
Comments:99342 pairing group
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 25(1) (2002), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 86, MAPS 37, A157-A184 (2002)
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Antarctica
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (84°S, 168°E)
     Recommended::   (84° 38' 28"S, 161° 26' 13"E)
Note: the NHM and recommended coordinates are 101.8 km apart

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     This is 1 of 40129 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 4494 unapproved names)
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