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Sierra Gorda 009


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240 g

[Museum Collection]

(1) 7.495g

History: Three pieces (30 g, 70 g, and 140 g) of one meteorite were found in the the desert by Mr. T. V. Kryachko, Mr. M. E. Nepomiluev, and an anonymous finder. Physical characteristics: All samples of the meteorite have a brown fusion crust Petrography: M. A. Ivanova (Vernad) Meteorite has chondritic texture and consists of FeNi-metal (22 -25 vol%), chondrules, and their fragments; matrix is absent. Chondrules, up to 2 mm, are PP, BO, POP, SiO2-bearing and Al-rich with clear bounaries; PP chondrules are dominant; the main minerals are pyroxene, Fe,Ni-metal, olivine and sulfides (troilite and daubreelite), schreibersite; accessory minerals are silica, Mg-chromite, anorthite, spinel, graphite and PGE-metal nuggets. Geochemistry: Mineral compositions and geochemistry: M. A. Ivanova (Vernad), V. V. Kozlov (Oxford Instruments OM & Gatan Inc., Moscow Office) Olivine: Fa0.47±0.10 (N=74), orthopyroxene: Fs1.42±0.39Wo0.88±0.63 (N=42), (N=42), FeO-rich Opx: Fs9.33-32.48Wo0.23-4.74; diopside: Fs1.34±0.57Wo47.32±2.31; plagioclase varies in composition: An 32.28-95.04Ab4.96-65.99; mesostasis in chondrules is enriched in K2O (up to 9.18 wt%) and TiO2 (up to 6.53 wt%); kamacite contains 5.07 wt% Ni, 0.43 wt% Co, Co/Ni - 0.09, Si and Cr are below detection (

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