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Queen Alexandra Range 93030
Basic information Name: Queen Alexandra Range 93030
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: QUE 93030
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1993
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 897 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 18(1)  (1995)  H3.6
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 79  (1996)  H3.6
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  H3.6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  H3.6
Recommended:  H3.6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 43 approved meteorites classified as H3.6.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Field number: 8249
Writeup from AMN 18(1):
Sample No.: QUE93030
Location: Queen Alexandra Range
Dimensions (cm): 9.2 x 7.0 x 7.4
Weight (g): 896.9
Meteorite Type: H3 Chondrite (estimated H3.6)


Macroscopic Description: Cecilia Satterwhite
QUE93030 is mostly covered with black fusion crust. Some exterior surfaces are pitted; some have oxidation haloes. Areas devoid of fusion crust are brown and small inclusions are visible. Cleaving this chondrite revealed a medium gray matrix with yellowish-brown oxidation uniformly scattered throughout. A thick dark brown oxidation rind is present. Only a few light and dark inclusions are discernible.

Thin Section (,2) Description: Brian Mason
The section shows numerous chondrules (up to 1.5 mm across), chondrule fragments, and mineral grains in a dark brown to black matrix. Nickel-iron grains are abundant in the matrix; troilite is present in lesser amounts. The meteorite is severely weathered. Microprobe analyses show a wide range in olivine and pyroxene compositions: olivine, Fa6-20, mean Fa14; pyroxene, Fs11-17. The variable olivine and pyroxene compositions indicate type 3, and the amount of nickel-iron H group; the meteorite is therefore classified as an H3 chondrite (estimated H3.6).

Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 596:
Origin or pseudonym:Central Nunataks Icefield
Mass (g):896.9
Weathering grade:B/C
Fayalite (mol%):6-20
Ferrosilite (mol%):11-17
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 18(1) (1995), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 79, MAPS 31, A161-A174 (1996)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (84°S, 168°E)
     Recommended::   (84° 37' 40"S, 162° 0' 8"E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 96.5 km apart

     This is 1 of 40759 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 4494 unapproved names)
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