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Talampaya
Basic information Name: Talampaya
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1995
Country: Argentina
Mass:help 1421 g
Classification
  history:
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 83  (1999)  Eucrite
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  Eucrite
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Eucrite-cm
Recommended:  Eucrite-cm    [explanation]

This is 1 of 45 approved meteorites classified as Eucrite-cm.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, Eucrites, and HED achondrites
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Writeup from MB 83:

Talampaya

Argentina

Fell ~1995

Achondrite (eucrite)

Stories circulating among meteorite dealers tell of a meteorite that fell in Argentina, producing a sonic boom that scared a mountain climber. The climber eventually found the meteorite somewhere down range. The location of the fall may have been in San Juan or La Rioja province.  One 1421 gram stone was recovered, and sold in the United States. Classification and mineralogy (P. Warren, UCLA): monomict breccia with a cataclastic texture, containing some millimeter-sized unbrecciated clasts; pyroxenes, En58.6–60.0Wo1.2–1.6 and En40.5Wo45.7; plagioclase, An89–95, mean An92; chromite contains ~1.26 wt% MgO; very low in incompatible trace elements; bulk Cr content (3400 ppm) typical of cumulate eucrites. Oxygen isotopes (M. Prinz, AMNH): typical eucrite composition. Specimens:  main mass being sold by commercial meteorite dealers; 530 g, AMNH.

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AMNH: Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, United States (institutional address; updated 18 May 2013)
UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 83, MAPS 34, A169-A186 (1999)
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Bruno Fectay and Carine Bidaut   
Peter Marmet   
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Andreas Grünemeyer      
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Geography:

Argentina
Coordinates:Unknown.

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 80 approved meteorites from Argentina (plus 9 unapproved names) (plus 2 impact craters)

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