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Reckling Peak A80215
Basic information Name: Reckling Peak A80215
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: RKPA80215
This meteorite may also be called Reckling Peak 80215 (RKP 80215) in publications.

Observed fall: No
Year found: 1980
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 9 g
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 5(1)  (1982)  L6
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 76  (1994)  L6
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L6
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 11460 approved meteorites (plus 6 unapproved names) classified as L6.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Writeup from AMN 5(1):

Sample No.: RKPA80215

Location:. Reckling Peak

Field No.: 1392

Weight (gms): 9.0

Meteorite Type: L6

Chondrite (Strongly Shocked)


Physical Description: Roberta Score

The interior and exterior of this meteorite are totally weathered. Dimensions: 2 x 1.5 x 1 cm


Petrographic Description: Brian Mason

Chondritic structure is barely perceptible. The meteorite consists largely of commuted grains of olivine and pyroxene traversed by numerous thin troilite veinlets. An area of brown isotropic material, 1.4 mm in maximum dimension, was noted. Weathering is extensive, with areas of red-brown limonite throughout the section. . Microprobe analyses gave the following compositions: olivine, Fa24; pyroxene, Fs20; maskelynite, variable composition, CaO 1.2-1.6%, Na2O 2.3-5.0%, K2O 1.1-1.4%; accessory merrillite and apatite were identified. The meteorite is classified as a strongly shocked L6 chondrite.

Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 5402:
Mass (g):9
Weathering grade:C
Fayalite (mol%):24
Ferrosilite (mol%):20
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 5(1) (1982), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 76, Meteoritics 29, 100-143 (1994)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (76° 16'S, 159° 15'E)
     Recommended::   (76° 13' 16"S, 158° 40' 12"E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 16.2 km apart

     This is 1 of 40719 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 4494 unapproved names)
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