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Great Sand Sea 020
Basic information Name: Great Sand Sea 020
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: GSS 020
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2000
Country: Egypt
Mass:help 5.42 kg
Classification
  history:
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  H
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 85  (2001)  H-melt rock
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  H
Recommended:  H    [explanation]

This is 1 of 104 approved meteorites (plus 2 unapproved names) classified as H.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, Ordinary chondrites
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Writeup from MB 85:

Great Sand Sea 020

Al Wadi al Jadid, Egypt

Found 2000 November 14

Ordinary chondrite (H melt rock)

A 5.42 kg stone was found by Dr. Marcus Zelezny while he was on vacation in the Gilf Kebir region. A zazora bird was buried beneath the meteorite, indicating probable human transport of the stone. Mineralogy and classification (F. Brandstätter, NHMV): more than 50 vol% of the meteorite is a melt rock composed of fine-grained, recrystallized glass (in places clear and isotropic) with embedded <0.1 mm euhedral olivine and pyroxene crystals; chondrule preserva-tion extremely poor; contains numerous pores up to millimeter size; contains millimeter-sized metal grains; olivine, relic grains, Fa18.0; low-Ca pyroxene, relic grains, Fs15.1Wo1.6; kamacite contains 0.44–0.48 wt% Co; weathering grade, W1. See also Brandstätter et al. (2001). Specimens: main mass, M. Zelezny; type specimen, 396 g, NHMV.

Data from:
  MB85
  Table 2
  Line 8:
State/Prov/County:Egypt
Origin or pseudonym:Desert
Date:14 Nov 2000
Latitude:26°1'N
Longitude:25°44'E
Mass (g):5420
Pieces:1
Class:H
Institutions
   and collections
NHMV: Naturhistorisches Museum, Burgring 7, 1010 Wien, Austria, Austria; Website (institutional address; updated 18 Jan 2019)
Catalogs:
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 85, MAPS 36, A293-A322 (2001)
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Geography:

Egypt
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (26° 1'N, 25° 44'E)
     Recommended::   (26° 1'N, 25° 44'E)

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 36 approved meteorites from Al Wadi al Jadid, Egypt (plus 1 impact crater)
     This is 1 of 80 approved meteorites from Egypt (plus 11 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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