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La Villa
Basic information Name: La Villa
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1956
Country: United States
Mass:help 19.8 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 5  (1957)  Chondrite
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  H4
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  H4
Recommended:  H4    [explanation]

This is 1 of 6359 approved meteorites (plus 2 unapproved names) classified as H4.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Writeup from MB 5:
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The place of discovery: Latitudc 26° 16.3' N., Longitude 97° 54.1'W, 2.3 miles south-east of La Villa, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA.

Date of discovery: FOUND, April, 1956, identified March 1957.

Class and type: STONE, Chondrite.

The number of separate specimens: 1.

Total weight: 43.5 pounds (19.8 kilograms).

The circunstenoes of the discovery: The meteorite was found in the course of farm work by a Mexican, Alfonso Robles, probably in early April 1956. It was carried to the end of the row and thrown out, but later recognized, apparently partly thru its weight, by Mr. Elmo Wade, the farm manager. He took it to his house. The stone is quite old and weathered. One side has a definite though not thick deposit of limestone. It is rounded and ellipsoidal in shape, with no outstanding features or pittings. The original crust is hardly evident, only oxidation. There is one fairly plane surface, indicating that the meteorite possibly broke along this side and that a somewhat smaller piece should be in the region.

The main mass of the meteorite is in the Pan American College at Edinburg, Texas, USA.

Source: A letter written by Oscar E. Monnig to E.P. Henderson dated May 11, 1957, and 2. A letter written by E.P. Henderson to E.L. Krinov dated August 1, 1957.

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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 5, Moscow (1957)
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Photos from the Encyclopedia of Meteorites:
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Photograph by Geoffrey Notkin © Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery   

United States
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (26° 16' 18"N, 97° 54' 6"W)
     Recommended::   (26° 16' 18"N, 97° 54' 6"W)

     This is 1 of 313 approved meteorites from Texas, United States (plus 2 unapproved names) (plus 3 impact craters)
     This is 1 of 1886 approved meteorites from United States (plus 890 unapproved names) (plus 28 impact craters)
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