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Ramlat Fasad 578
Basic information Name: Ramlat Fasad 578
     This is an official name for a relict meteorite. Relict meteorites are composed mostly of terrestrial minerals, but are thought to have once been meteorites. Note: evidence that this was once a meteorite may not have been critically evaluated.
Abbreviation: RF 578
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2017
Country: Oman
Mass:help 267 g
Classification
  history:
Recommended:  Relict iron    [explanation]

Comments: Entered 30 Aug 2021
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Writeup from MB 110:

Ramlat Fasad 578        19°07.537’N, 53°38.179’E

Zufar, Oman

Find: 08 Feb 2017

Classification: Relict meteorite (Relict iron)

History: Found during a search for meteorites.

Physical characteristics: Many dark black angular to rounded fragments distributed over ~40 × 25 m. Strongly magnetic.

Petrography: Lamellar mixture of iron oxides and -hydroxides with attached oxide-cemented dune sand.

Geochemistry: Bulk analysis (Activation laboratories, INAA) Fe = 57.3, Ni = 4.04, Co = 0.24 (all wt%); Cr = 33, Cu = 44, Ga = 49, Ge = 210, Ir = 1.37, Pt = 14.2, Au = 0.37 (all μg/g).

Classification: Relict iron meteorite. Element concentrations affected by terrestrial weathering, resembling IIAB.

Specimens: 67.6 g at NMBE. Main mass: MHTO.

Data from:
  MB110
  Table 0
  Line 0:
State/Prov/County:Zufar
Origin or pseudonym:Desert plain, deflated area between two
Date:08 Feb 2017
Latitude:19°07.537'N
Longitude:53°38.179'E
Mass (g):267
Pieces:71
Class:Relict iron
Weathering grade:high
Classifier:B. Hofmann, E. Gnos
Type spec mass (g):67.6
Type spec location:NMBE
Main mass:MHTO
Finder:Martin Bucher, Urs Eggenberger, Edwin Gnos, Ali Al-Hashemi, Beda Hofmann, Ioannis Kouvatsis, Malgorzata Sliz
Comments:Field number 1702_0286; submitted by Beda Hofmann
Institutions
   and collections
NMBE: Natural History Museum Bern Bernastrasse 15 CH-3005 Bern Switzerland, Switzerland; Website (institutional address; updated 2 Mar 2012)
MHTO: Ministry of Heritage and Tourism Muscat , Oman (institutional address; updated 10 Apr 2021)
Catalogs:
Relict meteorite
info:
Name: Ramlat Fasad 578
Fieldname: 1702_0286
Origin/pseudonym: Oman
Purchased:
Purchase or find date: 2017 Feb 08
Lat/long: 19°07.537'N, 53°38.179'E
Mass: 248
Pieces: 71
Specimens: NMBE
Description: relict iron
Info:
Name assigned to: Beda Hofmann
Date assigned: 2021-05-22
Assigned by: Beda Hofmann
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 110, in preparation (2021)
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