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Queen Alexandra Range 99517
Basic information Name: Queen Alexandra Range 99517
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: QUE 99517
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1999
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 1.4 g
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L3.4
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 25(1)  (2002)  L3.4
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 86  (2002)  L3.4
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L3.4
Recommended:  L3.4    [explanation]

This is 1 of 51 approved meteorites classified as L3.4.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Field number: 12525
Writeup from AMN 25(1):
Sample No.: QUE 99517
Location: Queen Alexandra Range
Field No.: 12525
Dimensions (cm):   1.4x0.8x0.5
Weight (g): 1.351
Meteorite Type: L3 Chondrite (Estimated 3.4)

Macroscopic Description: Cecilia Satterwhite
90% of the exterior surface is covered with brown/black fractured fusion crust. Some oxidation haloes are visible. The interior is dark gray to black with minor metal and some rusty areas. Larger white/gray inclusions are abundant. Some inclusions are weathered.

Thin Section (, 2; ,4) Description: Linda Welzenbach, Gretchen Benedix, and Tim McCoy

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QUE 99517 - Plane-Polarized Light QUE 99517 - Cross-Polarized Light QUE 99517 - Cross-Polarized Light
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The sections exhibit numerous large (up to 2.5 mm), well-defined chondrules in a black matrix of fine-grained silicates, metal, and troilite. Polysynthetically twinned pyroxene is extremely abundant. The meteorites are highly weathered. Silicates are unequilibrated; olivines range from Fa3-35, with several grains ~Fa25, and pyroxenes from Fs4-24. The meteorite is an L3 chondrite and may be of reasonably low subtype (estimated subtype 3.4).
Data from:
  Table A1
  Line 476:
Origin or pseudonym:E. Foggy Bottom Moraine
Mass (g):1.4
Weathering grade:B
Fayalite (mol%):9-28
Ferrosilite (mol%):4-21
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 25(1) (2002), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 86, MAPS 37, A157-A184 (2002)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (84°S, 168°E)
     Recommended::   (84° 35' 27"S, 162° 15' 40"E)
Note: the NHM and recommended coordinates are 91.6 km apart

     This is 1 of 43856 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 3802 unapproved names)
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