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Elephant Moraine 96009
Basic information Name: Elephant Moraine 96009
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: EET 96009
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1996
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 40 g
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  IAB
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 23(1)  (2000)  IAB
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 84  (2000)  IAB
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  IAB-ung
Recommended:  Iron, IAB-ung    [explanation]

This is 1 of 68 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IAB-ung.   [show all]
Search for other: IAB complex irons, Iron meteorites, and Metal-rich meteorites
Writeup from AMN 23(1):
Sample No.: EET 96009
Location: Elephant Moraine
Dimensions (cm):   3.5x3.0x2.0
Weight (g): 40.0
Meteorite Type: IAB Iron

Macroscopic Description: Kathleen McBride, Roy S. Clarke, Jr., and Tim McCoy
The specimen is a roughly triangular fragment measuring 3 cm across the base and 3.5 cm high.  It is deeply weathered to a reddish brown color and highly fractured, with open fractures extending into the specimen.  One surface is relatively smooth, probably the original surface of the meteorite, while the others are highly irregular and suggest spalling of this specimen from a larger mass.

Thin Section (, 2) Description: Tim McCoy
EET 96009 - Reflected & Etched The section is composed largely of iron-nickel metal with interspersed silicate grains of up to 0.5 mm as isolated grains and clusters.  The metallic host is composed of kamacite with large amounts of plessite, which includes clear taenite borders and comparatively large areas of martensite.  The silicates include olivine (Fa5), orthopyroxene (Fs7-10Wo1-2), clinopyroxene (Fs3Wo46) and feldspar (Ab90-97) and these are intergrown with abundant troilite and graphite and are rimmed by large schreibersite grains.  Weathering is pervasive and the section is cross cut by large weathering veins.  The meteorite is an iron with silicate inclusions and is probably a silicate-bearing, low-Ni IAB iron similar in composition to, e.g., Landes.  Pairing with EET 87504/505/506 is possible.

Data from:
  Table A1
  Line 1:
Origin or pseudonym:Meteorite City
Mass (g):40
Fayalite (mol%):5
Ferrosilite (mol%):7-10
Comments:87504 pairing group
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 23(1) (2000), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 84, MAPS 35, A199-A225 (2000)
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Dr Carlton Allen, JSC-KT, NASA   

     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (76° 11'S, 157° 10'E)
     Recommended::   (76° 11'S, 157° 10'E)

     This is 1 of 44248 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 3802 unapproved names)
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