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Allan Hills A81014
Basic information Name: Allan Hills A81014
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: ALHA81014
This meteorite may also be called Allan Hills 81014 (ALH 81014) in publications.

Observed fall: No
Year found: 1981
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 188.2 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 6(1)  (1983)  Iron
AMN 13(1)  (1990)  Iron-ung
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 76  (1994)  Iron-ung
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  Iron-ung
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Iron-ung
Recommended:  Iron, ungrouped    [explanation]

This is 1 of 145 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as Iron, ungrouped.   [show all]
Search for other: Iron meteorites, Metal-rich meteorites, and Ungrouped irons
Writeup from AMN 6(1):

Sample No.: ALHA81014

Location: Allan Hills

Field no.: 1214

Weight (gms): 188.2

Meteorite Type: Fine Octahedrite


Physical Description: Roy S. Clarke, Jr.

This specimen is an irregularly shaped individual somewhat resembling a fish. It is covered with a uniformly pitted, dark reddish brown, iridescent, secondary iron oxide coating. Dimensions: 6.5 x 3 x 2 cm.


Tentative Classification: Roy S. Clarke, Jr.

A microetched surface area of approximately 4.5 cm3 was examined. The section was taken perpendicular to the long axis of the specimen near the more massive end. The edge of the section contains an intermittent thin border of oxide. Below this is a heat-altered zone up to 1 mm thick that is present, with the exception of a few small gaps, around the complete section. Remnant fusion crust was not observed. Kamacite has a rather uniform matte surface at low magnification that can be resolved with higher magnification to a fine epsilon-decomposition structure. A system of wider than average kamacite lamellae, containing frequent centered schreibersites in the 100 x 200 micron size range, is a prominent feature. Kamacite lamellae free of centered schreibersites have widths in the 0.3 mm range. Plessite fields occupy approximately two-thirds of the surface. Interiors of larger fields contain cellular plessite framed in martensite with taenite borders. Narrow plessite fields have only martensitic areas with taenite borders. Schreibersite is also occasionally present at taenite borders, and as grain boundary schreibersite bridging between adjoining plessite areas. Occasional 5 to 10 micron schreibersites are present within plessite fields. Other inclusions were not observed. The specimen is a fine octahedrite with structural similarities to the high phosphorus IVA meteorite Chinautla. It appears, however, to be even richer in phosphorus and to be distinct from ALHA78252. Chemical data will be required for definitive classification.

Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 537:
Origin or pseudonym:Main icefield
Mass (g):188.2
Class:Iron ung
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 6(1) (1983), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 76, Meteoritics 29, 100-143 (1994)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (76° 43'S, 159° 40'E)
     Recommended::   (76° 42' 41"S, 159° 21' 32"E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 7.9 km apart

     This is 1 of 43700 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 3802 unapproved names)
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