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Three Little Hills
Basic information Name: Three Little Hills
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1980s
Country: United States
Mass:help 16 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 103  (2014)  H5
Recommended:  H5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 10565 approved meteorites (plus 18 unapproved names) classified as H5.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 6 Jun 2014
Writeup from MB 103:

Three Little Hills        32.078357°N, 107.504152°W

New Mexico, United States

Found: late 1980s

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H5)

History: Found in the late 1980s by a local rancher while hunting for pot shards, and acquired by Paul Sipiera in July 1994. The find location is approximately 30 km SE of Deming, and 8 km ESE of Three Little Hills.

Physical characteristics: Complete oriented stone with black-brown fusion crust.

Petrography: Sparse chondrules and abundant stained metal.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa18.9-19.3), orthopyroxene (Fa16.5-16.6Wo1.3-1.4), subcalcic augite (Fs10.0Wo35.4), augite (Fs6.5Wo44.7).

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H5). This specimen is very similar in composition, texture and degree of weathering to Deming, which was found about 35 km to the west, and it is possible that both stones are from the same ancient fall. The Columbus, New Mexico, meteorite was found in relatively close proximity to this meteorite.

Specimens: The whole cut stone plus a polished thin section prepared from it are at PSF.

Data from:
  Table 0
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State/Prov/County:New Mexico
Origin or pseudonym:Luna County
Date:late 1980s
Mass (g):16
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W1
Fayalite (mol%):18.9-19.3
Ferrosilite (mol%):16.5-16.6
Wollastonite (mol%):1.3-1.4
Classifier:A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS
Type spec mass (g):14
Type spec location:PSF
Main mass:PSF
Comments:Submitted by P. Sipiera
   and collections
PSF: Planetary Studies Foundation,10 Winterwood Lane, Unit B, Galena, Illinois 61036-9283, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 1 Dec 2011)
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 103, MAPS 52, 1014, May 2017, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.12888/full
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     Recommended::   (32° 4' 42"N, 107° 30' 15"W)

     This is 1 of 227 approved meteorites from New Mexico, United States (plus 2 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
     This is 1 of 1881 approved meteorites from United States (plus 890 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)
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