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Basic information Name: Tupelo
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2012
Country: United States
Mass:help 280 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 101  (2012)  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: Approved 11 Dec 2012
Writeup from MB 101:

Tupelo        34.24216°N, 88.77594°W

Mississippi, USA

Found: 30 April 2012

Classification: Enstatite chondrite (EL6)

History: Ms. O'Connell and Mr. Doherty found the meteorite while looking for Indian artifacts in a cultivated field on his family farm, a recorded Archaic site (22Le1064). Ms. O'Connell spotted it and showed it to Mr. Doherty who realized that is was unlike the stone tools that had been found there. Web research then led them to believe that it was a meteorite.

Petrography: (H. McSween, UTenn) The meteorite is an enstatite chondrite, composed of abundant chondrules, with significant amounts of Fe/Ni metal and sulfides. The only silicate phase is enstatite (En98, homogeneous, as determined by electron probe), and no olivine has been found. Most of the chondrule outlines are obscured by metamorphic recrystallization. Analyses of Si and Ni in kamacite, partitioning of Ni between phosphide and kamacite, Ti and Cr in troilite, and Mn, Fe, and Mg in alabandite all confirm that the meteorite is an EL6 chondrite (Zhang et al., 1995).

Specimens: 20 g at AMNH, 0.2 g at UTenn, main mass with finder.

  • Zhang Y., Benoit P.H., and Sears D.W.G. (1995) The classification and complex thermal history of the enstatite chondrites. J. Geophys. Res. 100, no. E5, 9417-9438 (link)
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Origin or pseudonym:Doherty family farm
Date:30 Apr 2012
Mass (g):280
Ferrosilite (mol%):0.5
Wollastonite (mol%):1.5
Classifier:H. McSween, UTenn
Type spec mass (g):20
Type spec location:AMNH
Main mass:finder
Finder:Maura O'Connell and Raymond Doherty
Comments:Submitted by H. McSween, Univ of Tennessee
   and collections
AMNH: Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, United States (institutional address; updated 18 May 2013)
UTenn: Planetary Geosciences Institute, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee, 1412 Circle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-1410, United States (institutional address; updated 1 Nov 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 101, MAPS 50, 1661, September 2015
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     This is 1 of 5 approved meteorites from Mississippi, United States
     This is 1 of 1894 approved meteorites from United States (plus 890 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)
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