MetSoc Home            Publications            Contacts  
Search the Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Last update: 1 Oct 2022
Search for: Search type: Search limits: Display: Publication:
Text help
Starts with
Sounds like
Falls  Non-NWAs
What's new
  in the last:
Limit to approved meteorite names
Search text:  
Basic information Name: Jordalen
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2016
Country: Norway
Mass:help 62 g
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 12162 approved meteorites (plus 7 unapproved names) classified as L6.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 9 May 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Jordalen        60°52’34.71"N, 6°45’7.38" E

Hordaland, Norway

Find: 2016 Sep 17

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L6)

History: (M. Bilet, UOslo) The piece of meteorite (62 g) was picked in the mountain area in September 2016 by farmers, who were collecting sheep cattle from pasture. The meteorite clearly stood out from other stones that were laying on moss. It was fully covered with black-reddish fusion crust. In Autumn 2021, finders contacted local geologist Johannes Vik Seljebotn who forwarded it to Morten Bilet and the NHM, UOslo suspecting this was a meteorite.

Physical characteristics: (M. Bilet, A. Krzesinska, UOslo) A specimen 62 g in mass, almost fully fusion crusted, moderately weathered outside. Chondritic texture easily distinguishable inside the specimen. Weathering of metal grains to oxides seen inside.

Petrography: (A. Krzesinska, UOslo) Ordinary chondrite, well equilibrated both texturally and compositionally, without indications of brecciation. Very rare chondrules retained. Plagioclase is crystalline, locally forms grains much larger than 100 µm and skeletal. In places, olivine is poikilitically enclosed in mm-sized orthopyroxene. Moderately shocked (S3), with some planar fracturing of olivine. One melt vein with metal-troilite globules, but without high pressure polymorphs, cuts across the specimen. Accessory minerals include taenite, minor tetrataenite, troilite, chromite, diopside, Cl-apatite and merrillite. Fe-(hydro)oxides as weathering products. Specimen is weathered, metal grains are rimmed by Fe-(hydro)oxides, ~20% of their volume is altered.

Geochemistry: (A. Krzesinska, UOslo) Olivine Fa25.4±0.3, range Fa24.7-26.3 (n=20), orthopyroxene Fs21.5±0.5Wo1.6±0.3, range Fs20.9-22.8 (n=13) Large, poikilitic grains of low-Ca pyroxene show minor zoning and have >1wt% CaO in the central parts. Plagioclase with noticeable range of composition An14.8Or7.0, range An11.3-16.8.0Or4.2-11.4 (n=10). Potassium-rich plagioclase is represented by large, skeletal domains. Kamacite with 6.1 wt% Ni (5.4-7.1, n=10) and 0.84 wt% Co (0.81-0.87).

Classification (A. Krzesinska, UOslo): Ordinary chondrite of L6 type, based on equilibrated texture and composition of olivine, pyroxene as well as kamacite. Poikilitic texture of some parts that contain mm-sized low-Ca pyroxene and K-enriched plagioclase can suggest local transition to L7 type.

Specimens: (H. Friis, M. Bilet, A.Krzesinska, UOslo) One specimen if 62 g was found and donated to the Natural History Museum, Oslo. UOslo holds the main mass and type specimen (45.9 g that has been left after classification). Small (~5 g) slices left with the finders and given to local Jordalen museum. One thin section in UOslo collection.

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Origin or pseudonym:Jordalen
Date:2016 Sep 17
Longitude:6°45'7.38" E
Mass (g):62
Shock stage:S3
Weathering grade:W3
Fayalite (mol%):25.43 ± 0.34 (N=20)
Ferrosilite (mol%):21.45 ± 0.48 (n=13)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.63 ± 0.26 (n=13)
Classifier:Agata Krzesinska, UOslo
Type spec mass (g):45.9
Type spec location:UOslo
Main mass:UOslo
Finder:Stine Hårklau and Eirik Jordalen
Comments:Submitted by Henrik Friis
   and collections
NHM: Department of Mineralogy, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom; Website (institutional address; updated 9 Dec 2011)
UOslo: Natural History Museum University of Oslo Att. Henrik Friis PO 1172 Blindern 0318 Oslo Norway, Norway (institutional address; updated 18 Jul 2020)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 111, in preparation (2022)
Find references in NASA ADS:
Find references in Google Scholar:

     Recommended::   (60° 52' 35"N, 6° 45' 7"E)

     This is 1 of 2 approved meteorites from Hordaland, Norway
     This is 1 of 16 approved meteorites from Norway (plus 3 impact craters)
Proximity search:
Find nearby meteorites: enter search radius (km):

Direct link to this page