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Basic information Name: Burns
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2003
Country: United States
Mass:help 18.4 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 102  (2013)  Iron, IIIAB
Recommended:  Iron, IIIAB    [explanation]

This is 1 of 338 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IIIAB.   [show all]
Search for other: IIIAB irons, Iron meteorites, and Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 26 Apr 2013
Writeup from MB 102:

Burns        39°52’N, 106°53’W

Eagle County, Colorado, USA

Found: July 2003

Classification: Iron meteorite (IIIAB)

History: In July 2003, Gene Killinen was practicing with his new metal detector at his family’s hunting cabin near Burns, Colorado. Gene found a strong signal in the area immediately in front of the cabin. He and his father excavated a mass from a depth of roughly 60-90 cm. They surmised that the large, heavy object might be a meteorite, but they were uncertain. A year later they took the object to Fort Lewis College, where a nickel test was performed, with positive results. A sample was sent to Randy Korotev, WUSL, who confirmed that the specimen was a meteorite and an octahedrite. Anne Black purchased the meteorite in September of 2006, and it was subsequently sold to Peter Utas at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in 2007.

Physical characteristics: The meteorite weighs approximately 18.4 kg and has a flattened, highly irregular shape, and craggy surface covered with a thin layer of oxide and caliche. Several phosphide and sulfide inclusions are visible on the surface.

Petrography: Bandwidth ~0.24±0.05 mm, thus Of. Recrystallized, 0.2 × 0.04 kamacite grains in many plessite fields, borders of kamacite bands are ragged, not straight. Schreibersite is present on centers of many bands, mostly reaching sizes of 0.2-0.5 long by 0.05-0.1 thick. One hieroglyphic schreibersite 2 mm thick by 16 mm long, is sandwiched by swathing kamacite bar that reaches a thickness of 6 mm. Several kamacite recrystallized with some tiny taenites (or schreibersites). Weathering moderate, but confined to surface and near surface. No FeS recognized. No heat altered zone.

Geochemistry: Composition: 5.69 mg/g Co, 103.7 mg/g Ni, 14.4 μg/g Ga, ~28 μg/g Ge, 23.4 μg/g As, 0.022 μg/g Ir, and 2.588 μg/g Au. Burns falls near the high-Au extreme of group IIIAB; it has the second highest Au and Ni, the third-highest As and the highest Co in the UCLA IIIAB data set. The Saint-Aubin meteorite has the highest Au, Ni and As contents. The other irons that are closely similar to these two are Tieraco Creek, Thurlow and Bella Roca.

Classification: IIIAB

Specimens: 80 g at UCLA.

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Date:July 2003
Mass (g):18400
Class:Iron, IIIAB
Classifier:J. T. Wasson, UCLA
Type spec mass (g):80
Type spec location:UCLA
Main mass:Utas
Finder:Gene Killinen
Comments:Submitted by J. T. Wasson
   and collections
UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
WUSL: Washington Univ., One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 102, MAPS 50, 1662, September 2015
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     This is 1 of 90 approved meteorites from Colorado, United States (plus 5 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 1894 approved meteorites from United States (plus 890 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)
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