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LaPaz Icefield 03834
Basic information Name: LaPaz Icefield 03834
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: LAP 03834
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2003
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 5.8 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 29(1)  (2006)  CK3
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 91  (2007)  CK3
MB 101  (2012)  R3
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 36(1)  (2013)  R3
Recommended:  R3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 32 approved meteorites classified as R3.   [show all]
Search for other: Rumuruti chondrites, Rumuruti chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Approved 21 Feb 2006
Revised 25 Feb 2013: Reclassified in AMN 36(1)
Writeup from AMN 29(1):
Sample No.: LAP 03834
Location: LaPaz Ice Field
Field No.: 16780
Dimensions (cm):   1.8x1.5x1.5
Weight (g): 5.838
Meteorite Type: CK3 Chondrite
LAP 03834

Macroscopic Description: Cecilia Satterwhite
80% of the exterior of this meteorite has black fractured fusion crust. The interior is a fine grained gray matrix with some oxidation. Light gray and white mm sized inclusions are visible.

Thin Section (,2) Description: Tim McCoy
Cross-Polarized LightPlane-Polarized Light
LAP 03834 - Cross-Polarized Light LAP 03834 - Plane-Polarized Light
The section consists of well-defined (up to 1 mm) chondrules in a matrix of finer-grained silicates, sulfides and very abundant magnetite. The meteorite is little weathered, but extensively shock blackened. Olivine is Fa4-42, with most grains Fa30-40, and orthopyroxene is Fs11-20. The meteorite is a CK3 chondrite.

Writeup from MB 36(1):

LaPaz Icefield 03834 (LAP 03834)  


Found: 2003

Classification: Rumuruti chondrite (R3)

History: reclassification (announced vol. 29, no. 1): This sample was originally classified as a CK3 chondrite, but chemical analyses reveal that it (as well as MET 01149 which we reclassified a few years ago) is very close in composition (Zn/Mn vs. Al/Mn) to many other R chondrites (Isa, M. et al., 2011, LPSC abstract #1876). This information, together with the observation that there is abundant sulfide, but little to no magnetite has led us to reclassify this sample as an R3 chondrite.

Data from:
  Table 4
  Line 317:
Mass (g):5.8
Weathering grade:B/C
Fayalite (mol%):4-42
Ferrosilite (mol%):11-20
Search for this meteorite in the NASA/JSC database (U.S.):   
References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 29(1) (2006), JSC, Houston
Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 36(1) (2013), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 91, MAPS 42, 413-466 (2007)
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     This is 1 of 38937 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 5051 unapproved names)

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