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Queen Alexandra Range 97462
Basic information Name: Queen Alexandra Range 97462
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: QUE 97462
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1997
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 12.3 g
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  EL6
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 23(1)  (2000)  EL6
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 84  (2000)  EL6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  EL6
Recommended:  EL6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 130 approved meteorites classified as EL6.   [show all]
Search for other: EL chondrites, Enstatite chondrites, Enstatite chondrites (type 4-7), and Enstatite-rich meteorites
Comments: Field number: 11170
Writeup from AMN 23(1):
Sample No.: QUE 97462
Location: Queen Alexandra Range
Dimensions (cm):   2.8x2.1x0.9
Weight (g): 12.282
Meteorite Type: EL6 Chondrite

Macroscopic Description: Cecilia Satterwhite
85% of this meteorite’s exterior is covered by pitted black fusion crust that is frothy on one surface.  The interior is a dark gray matrix with oxidation heavy on one end.  The matrix is fine grained with small white/gray inclusions and abundant metal.

Thin Section (, 2) Description: Tim McCoy
QUE 97462 - Cross-Polarized Light The meteorite consist primarily of prismatic to granular enstatite (Fs0-1), with rare relict chondrules, abundant Si-bearing metal (~0.7 wt.% Si) and troilite.  It is quite fresh, although brown, limonitic staining is found along cracks.  The meteorite is an EL6 chondrite.

Data from:
  Table A1
  Line 497:
Origin or pseudonym:Mare Meteoriticus
Mass (g):12.3
Weathering grade:BE
Ferrosilite (mol%):0-1
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 23(1) (2000), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 84, MAPS 35, A199-A225 (2000)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (84°S, 168°E)
     Recommended::   (84° 32' 59"S, 162° 19' 55"E)
Note: the NHM and recommended coordinates are 88 km apart

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