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Contis-Plage
Basic information Name: Contis-Plage
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2000
Country: France
Mass:help 44 g
Classification
  history:
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 101  (2012)  H5
Recommended:  H5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 10056 approved meteorites (plus 18 unapproved names) classified as H5.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 23 Aug 2012
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Writeup from MB 101:

Contis-Plage        44°05’N, 1°19’W

Aquitaine, France

Found: around 2000

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H5)

History: Found on a slightly vegetated dune not far from the beach during a holiday walk.

Physical characteristics: Dark brown, wind-ablated stone lacking fusion crust. Some fractures contain sand grains and efflorescence of halite.

Petrography: Well defined chondrules. Feldspar grain size rarely up to 50 μm. Opaque phases are metal, troilite (polycrystalline), chromite, ilmenite, graphite (inclusion in metal). The analyzed thin section contains a single chromite-plagioclase-chondrule (0.3 mm). Metal is largely altered to maghemite-magnetite and hydroxides, troilite shows only minor alteration.

Geochemistry: Olivine has mean composition of Fa18.7, pyroxene Fs16.2Wo1.3.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite, H5 S3 W3.

Specimens: Type specimens: 8.98 g plus one polished thin section, NMBE; main mass, A. Preiss, Weinfelden, Switzerland.

Data from:
  MB101
  Table 0
  Line 0:
State/Prov/County:Aquitaine
Origin or pseudonym:Dune near beach
Date:around 2000
Latitude:44°05'N
Longitude:1°19'W
Mass (g):44
Pieces:1
Class:H5
Shock stage:S3
Weathering grade:W3
Fayalite (mol%):18.8
Ferrosilite (mol%):16.3
Wollastonite (mol%):1.3
Classifier:B. A. Hofmann, NMBE
Type spec mass (g):8.98
Type spec location:NMBE
Main mass:A. Preiss, Weinfelden, Switzerland
Finder:A. Preiss, Weinfelden, Switzerland
Comments:Submitted by B. A. Hofmann
Institutions
   and collections
NMBE: Natural History Museum Bern Bernastrasse 15 CH-3005 Bern Switzerland, Switzerland; Website (institutional address; updated 2 Mar 2012)
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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 101, MAPS 50, 1661, September 2015
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Geography:

France
Coordinates:
     Recommended::   (44° 5'N, 1° 19'W)

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 8 approved meteorites from Aquitaine, France
     This is 1 of 77 approved meteorites from France (plus 12 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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