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Reckling Peak A80226
Basic information Name: Reckling Peak A80226
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: RKPA80226
This meteorite may also be called Reckling Peak 80226 (RKP 80226) in publications.

Observed fall: No
Year found: 1980
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 160.3 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 5(1)  (1982)  Iron-octahedrite
AMN 13(1)  (1990)  IA
AMN 17(1)  (1994)  IA-an
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 76  (1994)  IA-an
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  IAB-an
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  IAB-sLL
Recommended:  Iron, IAB-sLL    [explanation]

This is 1 of 34 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IAB-sLL.   [show all]
Search for other: IAB complex irons, Iron meteorites, and Metal-rich meteorites
Writeup from AMN 5(1):

Sample No.: RKPA80226

Location: Reckling Peak

Field No.: 1394

Weight (gms): 160.3

Meteorite Type: Iron-Octahedrite


Physical Description: Roy S. Clarke, Jr.

This dark reddish brown specimen is slightly smaller than a hen's egg and is more irregularly shaped, 4.3 cm x 3.2 cm x 2.8 cm. The top surface is covered with pits 2 to 3 mm in length, and it is uniformly and gently convex. Distribution of pits seems to have been controlled in part by the internal Widmanstätten structure. This surface, as is also the case with the bottom surface, has been strongly affected by terrestrial weathering. The bottom surface is less uniform in shape and more convex. Part of this surface has a pattern of pits similar to that on the top. However, much of this bottom surface is dominated by a pattern of parallel ridges approximately 1 mm apart standing out in relief, and expression of the internal Widmanstätten structure of the material.


Tentative Classification: Roy S. Clarke, Jr.

A microetched median slice of approximately 6 cm2 was examined. A heat-altered zone surrounds the slice and is as deep a 3.5 cm in one area. A well developed Widmanstätten is present with a kamacite band width in the 1.2 mm range. The length width ratio for these lamellae is about 7. Some Neumann bands are present in the kamacite, as are rhabdites, grain boundary schreibersites and subgrain boundaries. No epsilon structure or troilite were observed. Taenite bands occupy much of the kamacite grain boundaries, and taenite-kamacite and plessite fields are present. The plessite areas are mainly pearlitic, suggesting the possibility that the specimen is heat altered. It is an octahedrite, but additional information will be required for a specific classification.

Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 5413:
Mass (g):160.3
Class:IA an
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 5(1) (1982), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 76, Meteoritics 29, 100-143 (1994)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (76° 16'S, 159° 15'E)
     Recommended::   (76° 15' 7"S, 158° 35' 50"E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 17.4 km apart

     This is 1 of 40129 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 4494 unapproved names)
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