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Keeper of minerals at the British Museum of Natural History 1857-1879
Named in 1872 by Gustav Tschermak in honor of Mervyn Herbert Nevil Story-Maskelyne [September 3, 1823 Wroughton, Wiltshire, England, UK - May 20, 1911 Bass Down, Wiltshire, England, UK], Keeper of Mineralogy at the British Museum (1857-1880) and Professor of Mineralogy at Oxford University (1856-1895). Story-Maskelyne was a systematic mineralogist, crystallographer, gemologist, and meteoriticist. Additionally, Story-Maskelyne was an early associate of Henry Fox Talbot who developed the photo negative method of photography at about the same time that Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre invented the photo positive method (daguerreotype). Story-Maskelyne was elected to the British Parliament and held other offices.
A type of naturally occurring glass having the composition of a plagioclase series feldspar, created by the vitrification of plagioclase by shock melting in meteorites and meteorite impacts.

Originally described from the Shergotty Martian meteorite, Gaya District, Bihar, India.

Classification of Maskelynite

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Localities for Maskelynite

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(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Suporn Boonsuea & John Spraya (2012) Shock-Induced Phase Transformations in Melt Pockets within Martian Meteorite NWA 4468. Spectroscopy Letters: An International Journal for Rapid Communication 45:127-134.
Shohei Kaneko, Eiji Ohtani, Masaaki Miyahara, Takeshi Sakai, Masahiro Kayama, Hirotsugu Nishido, Yasuo Oishi, Naohisa Hirao (2011) Dynamic event recorded in a lunar meteorite NWA 4734. Japan Geooscience Union Meeting Makuhari, Chiba Japan.
  • Sahara Desert
    • Lakhbi
  • Eastern Antarctica
    • American Highland
      • Grove Mts
YT Lin, Lu Feng, Sen Hu (2011) High Pressure Mineral Assemblages in the Lherzolitic Shergottite Grove Mountains (GRV) 020090. Japan Geooscience Union Meeting Makuhari, Chiba Japan.
Lu Feng, Masaaki Miyahara, Toshiro Nagase, Eiji Ohtani, Sen Hu, Ahmed El Goresy, Yangting Lin (2011) Shock Conditions and Formation Mechanism of Akimotoite-Pyroxene Glass Assemblages in the Grove Mountains (GRV) 052082. Japan Geooscience Union Meeting Makuhari, Chiba Japan.
Meyer, C. (2001) Mars Meteorite Compendium: XXIV-1-2.
    • Queen Maud Land (Dronning Maud Land)
      • Roberts Massif
Takafumi Niihara, Hiroshi Kaiden, Keiji Misawa (2011) Petrology and Mineralogy of the RBT 04261 Shergottite. Japan Geooscience Union Meeting Makuhari, Chiba Japan.; Satterwhite, C. & Righter, K. (2007) Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 30 (1): pp. 20. (Feb 2007); Papike, J.J., Karner, J.M., Shearer, C.K. & Burger, P.V. (2009) Silicate mineralogy of martian meteorites (Invited Review): Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73: 7443-7485. (15 Dec2009) ; Usui, T., Sanborn, M., Wadhwa, M. & McSween Jr, H.Y. (2010) Petrology and trace element geochemistry of Robert Massif 04261 and 04262 meteorites, the first examples of geochemically enriched lherzolitic shergottites: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74(24): 7283-7306. (Dec 2010); Niihara, T., Misawa, K., Horie, K. & Kaiden, H. (2010) Young U-Pb Age of Baddeleyite in Enriched Shergottite RBT 04261: Meteoritics & Planetary Science 45 (Supplement): p. A152, pdf#5207. (Sept 2010)
    • Victoria Land
      • Allan Hills
Ikeda, Y (1994) Petrography and petrology of the ALH-77005 shergottite: Proc. NIPR Symposium Antarctic Meteorites 7: 9-29.
      • Elephant Morraine
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 3(3) (1980), Johnson Space Center, Houston.; McSween Jr., HY & Treiman, AH (1998) Martian Meteorites. In: Planetary Materials (Papike, JJ - Ed.), Chapter 6: 1-53: Mineralogical Society of America, Washington, DC, USA. ;
Score, R. & Lindstrom, M.-eds. (1995) Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 18 (2): p. 20. (Aug 1995).; Mikouchi, T., Miyamoto, M. & McKay, G. A. (1998) Mineralogy of Antarctic basaltic shergottite QUE94201: Similarities to EETA7900 1 (Lithology B) martian meteorite. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 33 (2): 181-189. (March 1998).; McSween Jr., H.Y. & Treiman, A.H. (1998) Martian Meteorites. In: Planetary Materials (Papike, JJ - Ed.), Chapter 6: 1-53: Mineralogical Society of America, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Buenos Aires
    • Azul
      • Cachari
Bogard, D. D., Keil, G. J. T. K., Smith, M. R., Schmitt, R. A. & Danon, J. (1981) Impact Melting and Brecciation of the Cachari Eucrite 3.0 Gy Ago (abstract): Meteoritics 16(4): p.296. (Dec 1981)
  • Western Australia
    • Dundas Shire
      • Cocklebiddy Roadhouse
New Stony Meteorite Finds Including Two Ureilites from The Nullabor Plain, Western Australia; G McCall and W Cleverly; Mineralogical Magazine, Mar 1968, pp691-716.
New Stony Meteorite Finds Including Two Ureilites From the Nullabor Plain, Western Australia; G McCall and W Cleverly; Mineralogical Magazine, Mar 1968, pp691-716
New Stony Meteorite Finds Including Two New Ureilites from The Nullabor Plain, Western Australia; G McCall and W Cleverly; Mineralogical Magazine, Mar 1968, pp691-716
      • North Haig
        • Sleeper Camp
New Stony Meteorite Finds Including Two Ureilites From The Nullabor Plain, Western Australia; G. McCall and W Cleverly; Mineralogical Magazine, Mar 1968, pp691-716.
  • Bahia
    • Rio do Pires
Zucolotto, M. E., & Antonello, L. L. (2001). Mineralogy and petrography of the L6 Chondrite Rio do Pires, Brazil. Meteoritics and Planetary Science Supplement, 36, 234.
  • Hubei Province
    • Suizhou Prefecture
      • Zengdu District (Cengdou District)
        • Xihe
[AmMin 85:1564]
  • Champagne-Ardenne
    • Haute-Marne
      • Chassigny
McCubbin, F. M., & Nekvasil, H. (2008). Maskelynite-hosted apatite in the Chassigny meteorite: Insights into late-stage magmatic volatile evolution in martian magmas. American Mineralogist, 93(4), 676-684.
  • Lower Saxony
    • Brunswick
Hochleitner, R., Hoffmann, V. H., Kaliwoda, M., Yamamoto, Y., Mikouchi, T., Guenther, A. & Fehr, K. Th. (2015) Moessbauer and Raman Spectroscopical Data of the New German Meteorite Braunschweig (Fall 2013, L6 Ordinary Chondrite): Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XLVI. LPI Contribution No. 1832, p.1471. (Mar 2015)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
    • Münsterland
      • Velen; Begemann, F. & Wlotzka, F. (1969) Shock induced thermal metamorphism and mechanical deformations in the Ramsdorf chondrite: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 33(11): 1351-1370. (Nov 1969)
  • Bihar
    • Gaya District
[Hey p438]; Malavergne, V., Guyot, F., Benzerara, K., & Martinez, I. (2001). Description of new shock‐induced phases in the Shergotty, Zagami, Nakhla and Chassigny meteorites. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 36(10), 1297-1305.; Treiman, A. H. (1985). Amphibole and hercynite spinel in Shergotty and Zagami: Magmatic water, depth of crystallization, and metasomatism. Meteoritics, 20(2), 229-243.; Lundberg, L. L., Crozaz, G., McKay, G., & Zinner, E. (1988). Rare earth element carriers in the Shergotty meteorite and implications for its chronology. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 52(8), 2147-2163.
  • Al Jabal al Gharbi District
Wlotzka, F. (1991). The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 71*. Meteoritics, 26(3), 255-262.
  • Al Jufrah District
    • Dar al Gani
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol. 67, No. 18, pp. 3519–3536, 2003
Grady, M. M., Pratesi, G. & Moggi-Cecchi, V. (2015) Atlas of Meteorites. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, United Kingdom. 373 pages.
Meteoritical Bulletin Database
  • Anyksciu
    • Androniski
Mason, B. (1967) The Bununu meteorite, and a discussion of the pyroxene-plagioclase achondrites: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 31: 107-115. ; Bukovanská, M., Ireland, T. R. & El Goresy, A. (1991) Zircons in Padvarninkai Brecciated Eucrite: Abstracts for the 54th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society. LPI Contribution 766: p.39.; Yamaguchi, A., Mori, H. & Takeda, H. (1993) Mineralogy and Shock Textures in the Padvarninkai Eucrite (abstract): Meteoritics 28 (3): 462-463. (July 1993)
  • Guelmim-Es Semara Region
    • Assa-Zag Province
      • Zag
Rubin, A. E., Zolensky, M. E. & Bodnar, R. J. (2002) The halite-bearing Zag and Monahans (1998) meteorite breccias: Shock metamorphism, thermal metamorphism and aqueous alteration on the H-chondrite parent body. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, vol. 37( 1) pp. 125-141 (Jan 2002)
    • Tata Province
Irving, A.J. et. al, 2012 The Tissint DepeltedPermafic Olivine-Phyric Shergottite: Petrologic, Elemental, and Isotopic Characterization of a Recent Martian Fall in Morocco. 43rd LPSC #2510; Balta, J. B., Sanborn, M. E., Udry, A., Wadhwa, M. & McSween Jr., H. Y. (2015) Petrology and trace element geochemistry of Tissint, the newest shergottite fall: MAPS 50 (1): 63-85. (Jan 2015)
Russell, S. S. & 6 others (2003). The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 87, July 2003. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 38(7,Suppl.): A189-A248. (July 2003).; Grady, M. M., Pratesi, G. & Moggi-Cecchi, V. (2015) Atlas of Meteorites. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, United Kingdom. 373 pages.
Meteoritical Bulletin 86: July, 2002; Barrat, J. A., Jambon, A., Bohn, M., Gillet, P., Sautter, V., Göpel, C., ... & Keller, F. (2002). Petrology and chemistry of the picritic shergottite North West Africa 1068 (NWA 1068). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 66(19), 3505-3518.; Herd, C. D. (2006). Insights into the redox history of the NWA 1068/1110 martian basalt from mineral equilibria and vanadium oxybarometry. American Mineralogist, 91(10), 1616-1627.
Nyquist, L. E., Bogard, D. D., Shih, C. Y., Park, J., Reese, Y. D., & Irving, A. J. (2009). Concordant Rb–Sr, Sm–Nd, and Ar–Ar ages for Northwest Africa 1460: A 346Ma old basaltic shergottite related to “lherzolitic” shergottites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73(14), 4288-4309.
T. Bunch and J. Wittke, NAU
New Zealand
  • North Island
    • Wairarapa
Mineralogical Magazine 1962 33 : 73-85.
  • Bauchi State
Jerome, D. Y. & Desnoyers, C. (1974). Electron microprobe study of glasses in the Bununu and Malvern achondritic meteorites. Meteoritics 9(4): p.354. (Dec 1974) ; Noonan, A. F., Rajan, S., Fredriksson, K. & Nelen, J. (1980) Chondrules in the Kapoeta and Bununu Howardites: Meteoritics 15 (4): 343-344. (Dec 1980)
  • Katsina State
T.J. McCoy, M. Wadhwa, K. Keil, New lithologies in the Zagami meteorite: evidence for fractional crystallization of a single magma unit on Mars, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Volume 63, Issues 7–8, April 1999, Pages 1249-1262,; Wang, A., Jolliff, B. L., & Haskin, L. A. (1999). Raman spectroscopic characterization of a Martian SNC meteorite: Zagami. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets (1991–2012), 104(E4), 8509-8519.
  • Al Wusta Region
    • Sayh al Uhaymir
Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 84, MAPS 35, A199-A225 (2000)
Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 5, 11492, 2003
  • Dhofar Governorate (Al Janubiyah Province)
Taylor, L. A., Nazarov, M. A., Ivanova, M. A., Patchen, A., Clayton, R. N., & Mayeda, T. K. (2000). Petrology of the Dhofar 019 shergottite. Meteoritics and Planetary Science Supplement, 35, 155.
Mahesh Anand, Lawrence A. Taylor, Mikhail A. Nazarov, J. Shu, H.K. Mao, and Russell J. Hemley (2004) Space weathering on airless planetary bodies: Clues from the lunar mineral hapkeite. PNAS 101:6847–6851
Taylor, L. A., Nazarov, M. A., Demidova, S. I., & Patchen, A. D. (2001). Dhofar 287: A new lunar mare basalt from Oman. Meteoritics and Planetary Science Supplement, 36, 204.
Yukio, I., Makoto, K., Hiroshi, T., Gen, S., Kita, N., Yuichi, M., ... & Gerlind, D. (2006). Petrology of a new basaltic shergottite: Dhofar 378. Antarctic Meteorite Research, 19, 20-44.
D.D. Badjukov et al. , Lunar and Planetary Science, XXXVI (2005), 1684.pdf
  • Mazowieckie
    • Pułtusk
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Krasnoyarsk Territory (Krasnoyarsk Kray; Krasnoyarskii Krai)
      • Anabarskii massif
        • Popigai river
Lapis 29(9):12 (2004)
Owocki, K. & Muszyńcki, A. (2012) Shock veins in the Sahara 02500 ordinary chondrite. Geologos 18 (2): 111-118.
South Africa
  • Free State Province
    • Thaba Nchu
Labotka, T. C. & Papike, J. J. (1980) Samples of the regolith of the eucrite parent-body: Petrology of Frankfort, Pavlovka, Yurtuk, Malvern, and ALHA 77302. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XI: 1103-1130.
  • Castile-La Mancha
Llorca, J., Ignasi Casanova, I., Trigo-Rodríguez, J. M., Madiedo, J. M., Roszjar, R., Addi Bischoff, A., Ott, U., Franchi, I. A., Greenwood, R. C, Matthias., M. (2009) The Puerto Lápice eucrite: Meteoritics & Planetary Science 44 (2): 159-174. (Feb 2009)
The Moon
J. Frondel (2009), Lunar Mineralogy, Wiley Interscience
  • Northern Ireland
    • Co. Londonderry (Derry)
Graham, A. L., Bevan, A. W. R. & Hutchison, B. (1985) Catalogue of Meteorites (4/e). University of Arizona Press: Tucson.
  • Sumy Oblast'
Lindstrom, M. M. & Mittlefehldt, D. W. (1992) A Geochemical Study of Russian Eucrites and Howardites: Meteoritics 27 (3): page 250. (July 1992)
  • California
    • Los Angeles Co.
Grossman, J. N. & Zipfel, J. (2000). The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 84, 2000 September. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 35, #9 (Suppl.): A199-A225. (Sept 2000).
  • Illinois
    • Cook Co.
      • Park Forest
Meteoritical Bulletin 87:July, 2003
  • Kentucky
    • Jefferson Co.
      • Louisville
Basu, A., Shaffer, N. R. & Hunt, G. (1980) Petrography of the Louisville Meteorite: Meteoritics 15 (4):262-263. ( Dec 1980)
  • New Mexico
    • De Baca Co.
  • Oklahoma
    • Beaver Co.
Zhidong Xie et al. , Lunar and Planetary Science XXXI, 2065.pdf
    • Grant Co.
Meteoritical Bulletin, 81: July, 1997
    • Major Co.
  • Texas
    • Randall Co.
Zhidong Xie et al. , Lunar and Planetary Science XXXI, 2065.pdf
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