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Queen Alexandra Range 97008
Basic information Name: Queen Alexandra Range 97008
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: QUE 97008
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1997
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 453 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 22(1)  (1999)  L3.4
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 83  (1999)  L3.4
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L3.4
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L3.4
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 30(2)  (2007)  L3.0
Recommended:  L3.05    [explanation]

This is 1 of 3 approved meteorites classified as L3.05.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Field number: 10166
Revised 1 Sep 2007: Reclassified by Grossman and Brearley (2005)
Writeup from AMN 22(1):

Sample No.:

QUE 97 008


Queen Alexandra Range

Dimensions (cm):


Weight (g):


Meteorite Type:

L3 Chondrite (estimated 3.4)

QUE97008 Thumbnail

Macroscopic Description: Kathleen McBride

This ordinary chondrite’s exterior is covered by brown/black fusion crust. It has a rough and vesicular surface with polygonal fractures. It alternates between shiny and dull areas. The interior is a dark gray matrix with numerous chondrules and inclusions of various colors (white, gray, cream, rust and black) that range in size from sub mm to ~8 mm. Olivine and pyroxene clasts are visible. A very minor amount of rust is present.

Thin Section (, 2) Description: Tim McCoy

QUE97008 - Cross-Polarized Light

The section exhibits numerous large, well-defined chondrules (up to 2 mm) in a black matrix of fine-grained silicates, metal and troilite. Weak shock effects are present. Polysynthetically twinned pyroxene is extremely abundant. Silicates unequilibrated; olivines range from Fa3-33 and pyroxenes from Fs3-21. The meteorite is an L3 Chondrite (estimated subtype 3.4).

Data from:
  Table A1
  Line 323:
Origin or pseudonym:Upper West Graves
Mass (g):452.6
Weathering grade:A
Fayalite (mol%):3-33
Ferrosilite (mol%):3-21
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 22(1) (1999), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 83, MAPS 34, A169-A186 (1999)
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Photograph from unknown source A photo is in the write-up above
Public domain photographs:
Jeff Grossman   

     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (84°S, 168°E)
     Recommended::   (84° 38' 19"S, 161° 35' 56"E)
Note: the NHM and recommended coordinates are 100.4 km apart

     This is 1 of 43352 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 3802 unapproved names)
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