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Basic information Name: Mifflin
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2010
Country: United States
Mass:help 3.58 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 99  (2011)  L5
Recommended:  L5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 8948 approved meteorites (plus 5 unapproved names) classified as L5.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 25 Aug 2010
Writeup from MB 99:

Mifflin        42°54’27"N, 90°21’56"W

Iowa County, Wisconsin, United States

Fell: April 14, 2010, 10:07 pm CDT (UT-5)

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5)

History: A bright fireball was seen by numerous observers in parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois the night of April 14, 2010. A camera on the roof of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison captured two images of the fireball at around 10:07 PM. The track was recorded by Doppler radar. Residents in Mifflin Township, Wisconsin, heard large explosions at the same time. The first stone recovered (7.4 g) hit the metal roof of a shed and was found the following day; it was identified as a meteorite at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Numerous stones fell as a shower mainly in the area of Mifflin Township within a total distance of 20 km. More than 70 stones and fragments were recovered in the area within a few weeks after the fall.

Physical characteristics: Total mass recovered is more than 3.5 kg. The largest stone, 332 g, is owned by the finder and private collectors. Most pieces are fully enclosed in fusion crust.

Petrography, description, and classification (N. Kita, J. W. Valley, D. Nakashima, T. Ushikubo, M. J. Spicuzza, UWisc; G. MacPherson, L. Welzenbach, SI; A. M. Davis, UChi; P. R. Heck, FMNH). Most stones are partly to fully fusion crusted. Some broken surfaces show brecciated texture, with dark and light clasts. Black-colored shock veins up to a few mm long were observed. Chondrules are not obvious in hand specimen, but are visible in thin section.

Geochemistry: Mineral compositions and geochemistry: Olivine (Fo75.1±0.2; n=15), low-Ca pyroxene (En78.9±0.2Wo1.5; n=16). Oxygen isotope analysis (Mike Spicuzza by laser fluorination/gas-source MS): δ18O=4.84‰, δ17O=3.65‰, Δ17O=1.13‰.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5), shock stage S1.

Specimens: Type specimen 21.09 g, SI. Other stones at: UWisc: 142 g; FMNH: 48 g, 17.8 g, 13.1 g, 6.94 g.

Data from:
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State/Prov/County:Iowa County, Wisconsin
Date:April 14, 2010, 10:07 pm CDT (UT-5)
Mass (g):>3584
Shock stage:S1
Weathering grade:W0
Fayalite (mol%):24.9±0.2 (n=15)
Ferrosilite (mol%):21.1±0.2 (n=16)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.5
Classifier:Noriko Kita, John W. Valley, Michel J. Spicuzza, Daisuke Nakashima, Takayuki Ushikubo (UWisc), Glenn J. MacPherson, Linda Welzenbach (SI), Andrew M. Davis (UChi), Philipp R. Heck (FMNH)
Type spec mass (g):21.09
Type spec location:SI
Main mass:The largest mass recovered was 332 g, owned by private collectors.
Finder:Robert and Katherine Jinkins, other residents and private collectors
Comments:Submitted by Noriko Kita (UWisc)
Plots: O isotopes:  
   and collections
FMNH: NW Quadrant/Geology The Field Museum of Natural History 1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605-2496, USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 22 May 2024)
SI: Department of Mineral Sciences, NHB-119, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 16 Jan 2012)
UChi: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, United States (institutional address; updated 28 Feb 2011)
UWisc: Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1215 W. Dayton, Madison WI 53706, United States (institutional address; updated 3 Aug 2010)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 99, April 2012, MAPS 47, E1-E52 (2012) [published online only]
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     This is 1 of 15 approved meteorites from Wisconsin, United States (plus 1 unapproved name) (plus 2 impact craters)
     This is 1 of 1930 approved meteorites from United States (plus 866 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)
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