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Pontes e Lacerda
Basic information Name: Pontes e Lacerda
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2013
Country: Brazil
Mass:help 224 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 104  (2015)  Iron, IIIAB
Recommended:  Iron, IIIAB    [explanation]

This is 1 of 344 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IIIAB.   [show all]
Search for other: IIIAB irons, Iron meteorites, and Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 11 Jun 2015
Writeup from MB 104:

Pontes e Lacerda        15°19’45"S, 59°16’10"W

Mato Grosso, Brazil

Find: 2013 Sept

Classification: Iron meteorite (IIIAB)

History: The meteorite was found by a prospector, Mr. M. Braga, while he was searching for gold with a metal detector. The finder sent samples to Andre Moutinho who performed preliminary tests that confirmed the samples have a meteoritic origin. Samples were then provided to Dr. Zucolotto for a complete analysis and classification.

Physical characteristics: A regular weathered round mass weighing 224 g and measuring about 49 × 33 × 3 1 mm

Petrography: (Maria Elizabeth Zucolotto, MN/UFRJ) The examined slice is a 9 cm2 endpiece with no fusion crust and heat affected zone. It shows exfoliation along corroded Widmanstatten planes, typical of long terrestrial exposure. Etched sections display a normal, medium Widmanstatten structure with 1.05±0.15 mm bandwith kamacite. Some subboundaries are decorated with tiny rhabdites. In a heavy etching the kamacite shows abundant cross-hatched pattern. Taenite and plessite are common and found in about 60% of the slice area, mainly as comb and net plessite. Martensite and black etching duplex fields are also common at the edges. Neumann bands are weakly developed.  Schreibersite (to 500 μm) was found in the interiors and borders of kamacite bands. Rhabdites are very common as 1-5 μm thick prisms. No troilite was observed in the examined section, although there were two holes possibly as lost inclusions.

Geochemistry: (J. T. Wasson UCLA) INAA, 8.1 wt% Ni; 0.49 wt% Co; 103 ppm Cr; 181 ppm Cu; 20.8 ppm Ga; 5.43 ppm As; 4.84 ppm Ir; 0.738 ppm Au. Composition of major phases (A. Tosi, IGEO-UFRJ) kamacite (Ni 7.2±0.2 %, Co 0.65±0.15%, P 0.02%).

Classification: (J. T. Wasson, UCLA) This meteorite can be compared to other IIIAB iron having Au in the range 0.686 to 0.770 ppm. No similar IIIAB has been found in South America. The only one that has a similar composition is Hot Springs, but even it is resolvable in terms of As and probably also Au.

Specimens: Main mass with Andre Moutinho, 22 g MNRJ

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State/Prov/County:Mato Grosso
Origin or pseudonym:field
Date:2013 Sept
Mass (g):224
Class:Iron, IIIAB
Classifier:J. T. Wasson, UCLA
Type spec mass (g):22
Type spec location:MNRJ
Main mass:Andre Luiz R Moutinho
Finder:Mr. M. Braga
Comments:Submitted by Andre Luiz R Moutinho
   and collections
MNRJ: Museu Nacional, Quinta da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 20940-040, Brazil (institutional address; updated 26 Dec 2011)
UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
IGEO-UFRJ: Instituto de Geociências, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2014)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 104, MAPS 52, 2284, Octover 2017, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.12930/full
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     Recommended::   (15° 19' 45"S, 59° 16' 10"W)

     This is 1 of 2 approved meteorites from Mato Grosso, Brazil (plus 1 impact crater)
     This is 1 of 88 approved meteorites from Brazil (plus 6 unapproved names) (plus 7 impact craters)
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