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Meteorite Hills 96515
Basic information Name: Meteorite Hills 96515
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: MET 96515
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1996
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 309 g
Classification
  history:
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 21(2)  (1998)  L3.5
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 83  (1999)  L3.5
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L3.5
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L3.5
Recommended:  L3.5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 95 approved meteorites classified as L3.5.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
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Writeup from AMN 21(2):
Sample No.: MET96515

Location:

Meteorite Hills

Dimensions (cm):

10.0x5.0x4.5

Weight (g):

308.7

Meteorite Type:

L3 Chondrite (estimated L3.5)

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Macroscopic Description: Kathleen McBride
The exterior of this ordinary chondrite has brown/black fusion crust with striations. The surface is smooth and slightly shiny with some pits. The interior has a dark matrix with some rust and numerous chondrules (1 cm in diameter). The chondrules are cream, white and tan, some are rusty in color. Metal is present and inclusions are irregularly shaped.

Thin Section (,2) Description: Tim McCoy
MET96515 - 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. Only weak shock effects are present. Polysynthetically twinned pyroxene is extremely abundant. Silicates are unequilibrated; olivines range from Fa1-30 and pyroxenes from Fs3-16. Weathering is pervasive. The meteorite is probably an L3 chondrite and of moderate subtype (3.5).

Data from:
  MB83
  Table A1
  Line 293:
Mass (g):308.7
Class:L3.5
Weathering grade:A/B
Fayalite (mol%):1-30
Ferrosilite (mol%):3-16
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 21(2) (1998), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 83, MAPS 34, A169-A186 (1999)
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Geography:

Antarctica
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (79° 41'S, 155° 45'E)
     Recommended::   (79° 41'S, 159° 45'E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 80 km apart

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     This is 1 of 40129 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 4494 unapproved names)
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