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Antarctica 002
Basic information Name: Antarctica 002
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1992 or 1993
Country: Antarctica [Collected by a pilot supporting ANSMET]
Mass:help 390 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 108  (2020)  L5
Recommended:  L5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 8504 approved meteorites (plus 4 unapproved names) classified as L5.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 15 Dec 2019
Writeup from MB 108:

Antarctica 002


Find: 1992-1993

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5)

History: A single specimen weighing 390 g was collected by a Canadian pilot supporting ANSMET searching during the 1992-93 season, from an unspecified location within Antarctica.

Physical characteristics: The single, irregular mass is ~50% covered in fusion crust. Iron staining is prevalent. Dark grey veins are visible on interior surfaces.

Petrography: (C. Herd, UAb) Optical and microprobe examination of a polished thin section shows a readily-delineated chondrules in a recrystallized matrix. Shock effects include undulatory extinction and weak mosaicism in olivine. Iron staining is prevalent. Weathering grade according to Zurfluh et al. (2016); shock stage according to Fritz et al. (2017).

Geochemistry: (C. Herd, UAb) Data obtained by EMP examination of carbon-coated thin section: Olivine Fa24.1±1.4 (n=56); low-Ca pyroxene Fs20.9±0.6Wo1.5±0.4 (n=63).

Classification: Ordinary chondrite, L5

Specimens: Entire specimen, including one thin section is at UAb. Difference between recovered weight and type specimen is due to cutting losses.

  • F.J. Zurfluh, B.A. Hofmann, E. Gnos, U. Eggenberger, and A.J.T. Jull (2016) Weathering of ordinary chondrites from Oman: Correlation of weathering parameters with 14C terrestrial ages and a refined weathering scale. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 51, 1685–1700. (link)
  • Fritz J., Greshake A., and Fernandes V.A. (2017) Revising the shock classification of meteorites. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 52, 1216-1232. (link)
Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Mass (g):390
Shock stage:S4
Weathering grade:W1.0
Fayalite (mol%):24.1± 1.4 (n=56)
Ferrosilite (mol%):20.9± 0.6 (n=63)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.5± 0.4 (n=63)
Classifier:C. Herd, UAb
Type spec mass (g):387.5
Type spec location:UAb
Main mass:UAb
Comments:Field number A3; submitted by C. Herd
   and collections
UAb: 1-26 Earth Sciences Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E3, Canada, Canada; Website (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 108 (2020) Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 55, 1146-1150
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     This is 1 of 43700 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 3802 unapproved names)

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