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Palmas de Monte Alto
Basic information Name: Palmas de Monte Alto
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1954
Country: Brazil
Mass:help 97 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 96  (2009)  Iron (IIIAB)
Recommended:  Iron, IIIAB    [explanation]

This is 1 of 344 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IIIAB.   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 23 Apr 2009
Writeup from MB online:

[Partial description by M. Zucolotto, edited by J. Grossman; complete writeup will be published in late 2009]]

Among the Brazilian meteorites listed as “doubtful” in the British Museum catalogue is “Monte Alto”. The unconfirmed existence of an “aerolithe” in the region of Monte Alto mountain was first reported in a letter from priest José Dorme to the Museu Nacional and related by Orville Derby in 1888, in which he declared that the object was of the same nature of Bendego, however bigger than it.

In November, 2007, paleontologist Douglas Riff was led by archeologist Joaquim Perfeito to examine a strange rock at the entrance of a public school, named Marcelino Neves. Riff immediately noticed the similarity of this rock with the Bendego meteorite. It has a mass of 97 kg, and was found before 1954 by Mr. Francisco Cruz at the same site where the legendary meteorite, related by Dorme, was found.

Data from:
  Table 4
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State/Prov/County:Palmas de Monte Alto, Bahia, Brazil
Mass (g):97000
Class:Iron (IIIAB)
Classifier:M. E. Zucolotto, MNRJ
Type spec mass (g):55
Type spec location:MNRJ
Comments:Co = 0.54, Ni = 9.4 (both in wt%); Ga = 22, As = 16, Ir = 0.70, Au = 1.7 (all in ppm)
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MNRJ: Museu Nacional, Quinta da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 20940-040, Brazil (institutional address; updated 26 Dec 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 96, MAPS 44, 1355-1397 (2009)
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     This is 1 of 6 approved meteorites from Bahia, Brazil (plus 1 unapproved name)
     This is 1 of 88 approved meteorites from Brazil (plus 6 unapproved names) (plus 7 impact craters)
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