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Basic information Name: Kaprada
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2004
Country: India
Mass:help 1600 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 94  (2008)  L5/6
Recommended:  L5/6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 147 approved meteorites classified as L5/6.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 27 Jun 2008
Writeup from MB 94:

Kaprada                     20°2020.96’’N, 73°1323.86’’E

Kaprada, Valsad, Gujarat, India

Fall: 28 October 2004 and 16:30 (Indian Standard Time [UT+5 h])

Ordinary chondrite (L5/6)

History: A stone fell in the farm of Kashiram Bhikabhai Diva in Nandgam village of Kaprada Taluka of Valsad district in South Gujarat, India at about 16:30 h. IST on 28th October, 2004. The meteorite was promptly brought to Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad by Manoj Pai, an amateur astronomer of Ahmedabad.

Physical characteristics: The single recovered stone weighed about 1.6 kg. The stone is mostly crusted and has an approximately conical shape, the convex face containing the apex having been smoothened due to ablation whereas the concave base appears rough.

Petrography: (N. Bhandari, S. V. S. Murty, R. R. Mahajan, P. N. Shukla, A. D. Shukla, PRL; M. S. Sisodia, JNVU; G. Parthasarathy, PNGRI; an V. K. Rai; Department of Chemistry, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA [UCSD]) The major minerals in the meteorite are olivine, clino- and orthopyroxene, and metal and sulfide. Some glass is also present. The meteorite shows a melt crystallization texture and veins. A variety of chondrule types is present, the commonest being granular olivine and olivine-pyroxene and radiating fine-grained pyroxene. The chondrule margins are diffuse, tending to merge with the granular groundmass, which consists of olivine and pyroxene with minor sub equal amounts of nickel-iron and troilite.

Mineral compositions and geochemistry: The olivine is Fa23.7 and pyroxene is Wo39.92En43.3Fs16.79. The chemical composition is Fe = 21.5%, Mg = 15.3%, Al = 1.2%, Ni = 1.27%, Ca = 1.33% by weight as determined by X-ray fluorescence.

Classification: The meteorite is an ordinary chondrite, (L 5/6).

Type specimens: The main mass is with Geological Survey of India at Calcutta. Thin sections are available at J. N. V. University, Jodhpur, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad and Physical Research laboratory, Ahmedabad.

Data from:
  Table 5
  Line 3:
Longitude:73°13'23.86" E
Mass (g):1600
Fayalite (mol%):23.7
Ferrosilite (mol%):16.8
Wollastonite (mol%):39.9
Classifier:N. Bhandari, S. V. S. Murty, R. R. Mahajan, P. N. Shukla, A. D. Shukla, PRL; M. S. Sisodia, J. N. V. University, Jodhpur; G. Parthasarathy, National Geophysical Research Institute, Uppal Road, Hyderabad, India, PNGRI
Type spec mass (g):Main mass
Type spec location:GSI
Main mass:GSI
   and collections
GSI: Geological Survey of India, 4 Chowringee Lane, Calcutta 700 016, India (institutional address; updated 18 Jul 2012)
PRL: Physical Research Laboratory, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, 380 009, India (institutional address; updated 25 May 2013)
PNGRI: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, National Geophysical Research Institute, Uppal Road, Hyderabad-500606, Andhra Pradesh, India (institutional address; updated 31 Dec 2013)
UCSD: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, United States (institutional address; updated 4 Jan 2013)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 94, MAPS 43, 1551-1588 (2008)
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     Recommended::   (20° 20' 21"N, 73° 13' 24"E)

     This is 1 of 5 approved meteorites from Gujarat, India (plus 1 unapproved name)
     This is 1 of 138 approved meteorites from India (plus 10 unapproved names) (plus 2 impact craters)
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