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Scarham Creek
Basic information Name: Scarham Creek
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2015
Country: United States
Mass:help 52.1 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 107  (2018)  H3
Recommended:  H3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 694 approved meteorites (plus 2 unapproved names) classified as H3.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Approved 19 Apr 2018
Writeup from MB 107:

Scarham Creek        34.319, -85.979

Alabama, United States

Find: 2015

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H3)

History: Chris Whitten found this meteorite on his family’s five-acre property near the Scarham Creek, Alabama, in May 2015. He had often searched the property for meteorites for over a decade with no results, however in 2015 a fire burned and cleared some of the wooded area on the property, after which, a new search produced the meteorite find. The sample, when spotted, stood out as different from local rocks and was slightly magnetic. The sample was sent to his aunt, Dana Jenkerson, for identification. KD Meteorites purchased the main mass.

Physical characteristics: Single stone, no fusion crust, weathered exterior.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe examination shows numerous porphyritic chondrules, most with mesostasis or glass. Much of the metal has been oxidized by terrestrial weathering.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee, UNM) Olivine Fa14.7±4.0, Fe/Mn=43±14, n=33; low-Ca pyroxene Fs10.8±8.8Wo0.9±0.5, Fe/Mn=26±18, n=8.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H3), estimated subtype 3.7-3.9 based on mean Fa content of olivine and the 1-sigma Fa content of olivine.

Specimens: 10.5 g on deposit at UNM, Chris Whitten holds 3 grams, KD Meteorites holds the main mass.

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Mass (g):52.1
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W3
Fayalite (mol%):14.7±4.0
Ferrosilite (mol%):10.8±8.8
Wollastonite (mol%):0.9±0.5
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):10.5
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:KD Meteorites
Finder:Chris Whitten
Comments:Submitted by C. Agee
   and collections
UNM: Institute of Meteoritics MSC03 2050 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-1126 USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2015)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 107, MAPS 55, 460-462
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United States
     Recommended::   (34° 19' 8"N, 85° 58' 44"W)

     This is 1 of 18 approved meteorites from Alabama, United States (plus 1 impact crater)
     This is 1 of 1896 approved meteorites from United States (plus 890 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)
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