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Basic information Name: Huoyanshan
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2016
Country: China
Mass:help 700 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 106  (2018)  Iron, IAB-sLH
Recommended:  Iron, IAB-sLH    [explanation]

This is 1 of 14 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IAB-sLH.   [show all]
Search for other: IAB complex irons, Iron meteorites, and Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 17 Apr 2017
Writeup from MB 106:

Huoyanshan        43°2.55’N, 89°51.51’E

Xinjiang, China

Find: 2016 Oct 6

Classification: Iron meteorite (IAB-sLH)

History: The first piece was found on Oct. 6, 2016, by Mr. Yanzheng Wang and Jifa Li, workers from a nearby oil field, who were searching for wind-eroded stones on the desert. The find site is 15 km NE of the Mountain Huoyanshan, which was noted in the famous 16th century novel, "A Journey to the West," as having emerged from pieces of charcoal on fire falling from Heaven. 18 more pieces were collected from a strewn field of 2 × 1.5 km2 during the following days. These irons weigh from 100 g up to 8.9 kg, with a total mass of ~45 kg. The news was leaked soon, and people rushed the desert to search for the irons with metal detectors. It is estimated that thousands pieces with a total mass of ~700 kg have been collected.

Physical characteristics: Physical characteritics: Rusted only on the bottom.

Petrography: finest octahedrite, with kamacite (band width <0.035 mm) and taenite forming a Widmanstätten pattern. Minor schreibersite occurs within kamacite. Mineral compositions: Kamacite (3.4-7.3 wt % Ni), Taenite (typical M-type zoning with Ni content decreasing from 47.3 wt % at the rims to 16.5 wt % at the cores), and minor schreibersite (46.2-53.9 wt % Ni, 12.9-16.4 wt % P) (N. Wang and Y. Lin, IGGCAS).

Geochemistry: Ni 21.1 wt % (by ICP-AES), and trace elements of (by ICP-MS, in µg/g) Ir 0.02, Ge 1.73, Ga 2.0, Au 1.81 (G. Wang, GIGCAS)

Classification: Iron (IAB-sLH)

Specimens: 1.0 kg in IGGCAS, ~400 kg with Mr. Wang, Li and 3 others; ~300 kg with unknown owners.

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Origin or pseudonym:desert
Date:2016 Oct 6
Mass (g):700000
Class:Iron, IAB-sLH
Classifier:G. Wang, GIGCAS; N. Wang and Y. Lin, IGGCAS
Type spec mass (g):1000
Type spec location:IGGCAS
Main mass:Mr. Yanzheng Wang and Jifa Li, other unknown
Finder:Mr. Yanzheng Wang and Jifa Li, other unknown
Comments:iron meteorite shower; submitted by Y. Lin
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IGGCAS: Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China (institutional address; updated 16 Oct 2011)
GIGCAS: Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (institutional address)
References: Published in Gattacceca J., Bouvier A., Grossman J., Metzler K., and Uehara M. (2019) Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 106. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 54 in press.
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     This is 1 of 374 approved meteorites from Xinjiang, China (plus 8 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 547 approved meteorites from China (plus 16 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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