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Patuxent Range 91528
Basic information Name: Patuxent Range 91528
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: PAT 91528
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1991
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 3.3 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 17(1)  (1994)  Iron nodule
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 79  (1996)  Iron nodule
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  OC
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Iron-ataxite
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 30(2)  (2007)  L7
Recommended:  L7    [explanation]

This is 1 of 28 approved meteorites classified as L7.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Revised 1 Sep 2007: Reclassified in AMN 30(2)
Writeup from AMN 17(1):

Sample No.: PAT91528

Location: Patuxent Range

Dimensions (cm): 1.5 x 1.3 x 0.6

Weight (g): 3.3

Meteorite Type: Iron nodule with minor silicates?


Macroscopic Description: Roy S. Clarke, Jr,

The specimen is mildly weathered with no obvious fusion crust remaining. Looking down on it sitting on its comparatively large flat surface, its shape is reminiscent of a fluffed out bird sitting on a nest. The thickest point is its "head", and on the bottom surface at the opposite end from the "head' is a small protrusion pointing down, a "tail".


Polished Section Description: Roy S. Clarke. Jr,

A median slice was removed perpendicular to the flat surface and through the "head and tail." Butts of 1.9 g and 0.7 g resulted. A metallographic section of 35 mm2 resulted. The section contains one large untwinned troilite (2 mm2), the "tail" of the bird. The remainder of the section, essentially a right triangle in outline, is rimmed with -500 μm of reasonably clear metal containing few small inclusions. This rim borders another ~500 μm zone that is richer in tiny inclusions. Interior to this is a uniform martensite structure. Diagonally across from the large sulfide, at the "head" of the bird, are two silicate areas of ~0.5 mm2, partially bordered by schreibersite. A small number of microprobe analyses average Fa26 and Fa23. Fa values vary from Fa22 to Fa29, and Fs values from Fs22 to Fs25. An electron microprobe traverse into the metal reveals a Ni gradient in the first 1 mm from the outside edge from 40 wt% down to ~20 wt%. The interior of the grain has irregular Ni values averaging around 15 wt%. During this part of the traverse occasional small schreibersites gave very high Ni values and occasional small kamacites gave values around 5 wt%. This specimen is a metal nodule from a more complex meteorite. The Fa and Fs values suggest the possibility of an L chondrite association, but the P content of the metal argues against it. Although no silicate has been seen in PAT91516, there are many metallographic similarities. Could these be from the same parent?


Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 498:
Origin or pseudonym:Brazitis Nunatak
Mass (g):3.3
Class:Fe nod
Fayalite (mol%):22-29
Ferrosilite (mol%):22-25
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 17(1) (1994), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 79, MAPS 31, A161-A174 (1996)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (84° 43'S, 64° 30'W)
     Recommended::   (84° 57' 49"S, 67° 30' 55"W)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 40.9 km apart

     This is 1 of 43500 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 3802 unapproved names)
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