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Basic information Name: Aiquile
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes, confirmed fall
Year fell: 2016
Country: Bolivia
Mass:help 50 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 106  (2018)  H5
Recommended:  H5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 11988 approved meteorites (plus 23 unapproved names) classified as H5.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 21 Apr 2017
Writeup from MB 106:

Aiquile        18°17’4"S, 65°8’39"W

Cochabamba, Bolivia

Confirmed fall: 2016 Nov 20

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H5)

History: A bright fireball appeared over Aiquile, Cochabamba district of Bolivia, on 20 November 2016, 17:57 local time (UTC-4). Stones fell in a strewn field of at least 12 × 2 km (northeasterly direction) in the following Aiquile communities: Tablamayu, Panamá, Chawar Mayu, Chaqo K’asa, Barbechos and Cruz Loma. The main bolide fragmentation occurred over the Tablamayu community, 12 km north of Aiquile. In the Cruz Loma community, C. Veizaga witnessed the fall of the largest stone (36.3 kg) about 500 m from him. He recovered the stone and in the following day the local Aiquile government (Luiz L. Arnez, Marco Cardona, Franz Navia, William Rodriguez, Jesus Yave) took the stone to the city museum. In the Panamá community, Roberto Soto witnessed the fall and recovered two other fragments (565 g, 2.2 kg). SERGEOMIN (Miguel A. Muriel, G. Villca, A. Perez), UMSA (Gonzalo Pereira), Brazil NM collaborators (Andre R. Moutinho, José M. Monzon) and S. Medina found additional fragments in the Panamá community. A. Moutinho found a 98 g fragment which was used for classification.

Physical characteristics: The 36.3 kg stone was almost fully covered with fusion crust and remaglypts, with only small pitted corners (47 × 17 × 26 cm); the 2.26 kg stone is semi-prismatic and almost fully covered with fusion crust; the 565 g piece is a fragment mostly without fusion crust.

Petrography: Medium shock stage (S3), chondritic texture and mineralogy and mineral compositions of an equilibrated ordinary chondrite. Porphyritic olivine and radial pyroxene chondrules dominate.

Geochemistry: Microprobe analyses show an equilibrated olivine and pyroxene composition of Olivine (Fa18.3±0.5; n=53), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs 15.7±0.7; n=37). Mean Cr2O3 of olivine is 0.048 wt.% for both matrix and clasts areas.

Classification: H group classification based on: chondrule mean apparent diameter (~0.3 mm), content of metallic Fe,Ni + FeS (9.9 vol%), Co content of kamacite (0 - 0.3 wt%). Petrologic type 5 classification based on chondritic texture, and plagioclase <50 μm. Shock S3 based on undulatory extinction, irregular fractures of olivine. Most fragments show no brecciation, but some have slightly darker gray clasts with boundaries indiscernible under the microscope. Although both areas show identical composition, the darker areas show apparently well defined chondrules. Cathodoluminescence images also are very similar in the two areas. Some isolated melt pockets and small dark inclusions were observed.

Specimens: 36.3 kg, 2.26 kg, 565 g in Museu Municipal del Charango (Aiquile), 45 g MNRJ, 39 g Universidad Autonoma de San Andrés (UASA), 40 g Andre Moutinho, 38 g José Maria Monzon

Data from:
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Origin or pseudonym:field
Date:2016 Nov 20
Mass (g):>50000
Shock stage:S3
Weathering grade:W0
Fayalite (mol%):18.3
Ferrosilite (mol%):15.7
Wollastonite (mol%):0-40
Classifier:M.E. Zucolotto and A. Tosi, MNRJ
Type spec mass (g):40
Type spec location:MNRJ
Main mass:Museu Municipal del Charango, Aiquile
Finder:Calledonio Vizaga and Roberto Soto
Comments:Submitted by Andre L R Moutinho
   and collections
MNRJ: Museu Nacional, Quinta da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 20940-040, Brazil (institutional address; updated 26 Dec 2011)
References: Published in Gattacceca J., Bouvier A., Grossman J., Metzler K., and Uehara M. (2019) Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 106. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 54 in press.
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