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Lewis Cliff 88617
Basic information Name: Lewis Cliff 88617
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: LEW 88617
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1988
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 3.2 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 15(2)  (1992)  L3
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 76  (1994)  L3.5
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L3.5
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L3.5
Recommended:  L3.5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 95 approved meteorites classified as L3.5.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Field number: 5525
Writeup from AMN 15(2):

Sample No.: LEW88617

Location: Lewis Cliff

Field Number. 5625

Dimensions (cm): 1.9 x 1.1 x 1.1

Weight (g): 3.2

Meteorite Type: L3 chondrite


Macroscopic Description: Robbie Marlow,

LEW88617 is approximately 75% covered with dull black fusion crust. Interior matrix is medium gray and there are areas of heavy oxidation. Several millimeter-sized light and dark inclusions are visible.


Thin Section (,2) Description: Brian Mason

The section shows numerous chondrules and chondrule fragments, up to 1.8 mm across, in a dark matrix containing little nickel-iron and troilite. Weathering is extensive, with brown limonitic staining throughout the section. Microprobe analyses show olivine and pyroxene of variable compositions: olivine, Fa2-44, mean Fa22 (CV FeO is 41); pyroxene, Fs1-14. The meteorite is classified as an L3 chondrite (estimated L3.5).


Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 4458:
Origin or pseudonym:Upper Ice Tongue
Mass (g):3.2
Weathering grade:B/C
Fayalite (mol%):2-44
Ferrosilite (mol%):1-14
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 15(2) (1992), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 76, Meteoritics 29, 100-143 (1994)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (84° 17'S, 161° 5'E)
     Recommended::   (84° 16' 11"S, 161° 22' 44"E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 3.6 km apart

     This is 1 of 43699 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 3802 unapproved names)
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