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Catalina 003
Basic information Name: Catalina 003
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1999
Country: Chile
Mass:help 3.18 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 101  (2012)  Iron, IVB
Recommended:  Iron, IVB    [explanation]

This is 1 of 18 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IVB.   [show all]
Search for other: Iron meteorites, IVB irons, and Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 18 Sep 2012
Writeup from MB 101:

Catalina 003        25°12’16.82"S, 69°49’42.89"W

Antofagasta, Chile

Found: 1999

Classification: Iron meteorite (IVB)

History: A mass of 3180 g was found by Luc Labenne on a gravel surface in 1999 near the mine named Toro, 70 km northeast of Taltal.

Physical characteristics: The 250 × 110 × 35 mm mass has the shape of a wing with a 250 mm long sharp edge. The top is covered by sand-blasted pockmarks with small wide pits and sharp edges at the cusps that are characteristic of irons from the Atacama Desert. On the top, a few deeper depressions may reflect the weathering loss of opaque nodules.

Petrography: Very fresh, unweathered ataxite. A small section (7 × 10 mm) had one small FeS/metal inclusion, which is very fine grained (<10 μm) and has an FeS/metal ratio far below the eutectic value. No other inclusions recognized. Sample may have heat-altered rim.

Geochemistry: Composition: 7.60 mg/g Co, 166.1 mg/g Ni, 0.17 μg/g Ga, <50 μg/g Ge, 0.43 μg/g As, 27.6 μg/g Ir, and 0.070 μg/g Au. Based on the composition and structure, the iron belongs to group IVB. The nearest relative from Chile is Iquique but these are resolvable: the As, Ir and Au contents of Iquique are 0.39, 31.1 and 0.058, well outside 95% confidence limits on the data for Catalina 003.

Classification: Iron (ataxite), IVB

Specimens: 135 g type specimen, UCLA; main mass, Labenne.

Data from:
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Mass (g):3180
Class:Iron, IVB
Classifier:J. T. Wasson, UCLA
Type spec mass (g):135
Type spec location:UCLA
Main mass:L. Labenne
Finder:Luc Labenne
Comments:Submitted by J. T. Wasson
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UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
Labenne: 23, rue de Esperance, 75013 Paris, France; Website (private address; updated 29 Aug 2012)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 101, MAPS 50, 1661, September 2015
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     Recommended::   (25° 12' 17"S, 69° 49' 43"W)

     This is 1 of 2255 approved meteorites from Antofagasta, Chile (plus 6 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
     This is 1 of 2284 approved meteorites from Chile (plus 13 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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