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Sharps meteorite, Henrico Co., Virginia, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 37° 49' 60'' North , 76° 41' 60'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 37.8333333333, -76.7

Ordinary chondrite, unequilibrated (H3.4;S3)
Fall of April 1, 1921; 1.265 kg weight.

After a whirring sound, a stone was seen to fall. After an initial fright, the meteorite (~11.5 x 7.5 x 6cm) was recovered from a small pit ~90 meters away. As an unequilibrated chondrite, the Sharps meteorite is characterized by prominent chondrules (compositions of both olivine and pyroxene-rich chondrules vary) plus the kamacite and troilite expected in almost all chondrites. Some small inclusions, however, represent very diverse formational components (including very Fe-poor grains) which have not been erased by metamorphic activity.

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Watson, T.L. (1925) The Sharps meteorite, Richmond County, Virginia: U. S. Natl. Mus. Proc., vol. 64, art. 2. 4 pages, 1 illustration.

Kurt Fredriksson (1969) The Sharps Chondrite — New Evidence on the Origin of Chondrules and Chondrites: IN: Meteoritic Research: Peter M. Millman, Editor: pp. 155-165. D. Reidel Publishing Company: Dordrecht-Holland. 941 pages.

Dodd, R.T. (1971) Calc-Aluminous Insets in Olivine of the Sharps Chondrite: Mineralogical Magazine 38 (296), 451-458. (Dec 1971).

Wlotzka, F. (1983) Composition of Chondrules, Fragments and Matrix in the Unequilibrated Ordinary Chondrites Tieschitz and Sharps. IN: Chondrules and their origin's. Houston, TX, Lunar and Planetary Institute: pages 296-318.

Bischoff, A. & Keil, K. (1984) Al-rich objects in ordinary chondrites: Related origin of carbonaceous and ordinary chondrites and their constituents. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 48 (4): 693-709.

Brearley, A. J., Scott, E. R. D., Taylor, G. J., & Keil, K. (1987) Transmission Electron Microscopy of Graphite-Magnetite Aggregates in the Sharps (H3) Chondrite: Abstracts of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XVIII, pp. 123-124.

Crozaz G., Pellas, P., Bourot-Denise, M., de Chazal, S.M., Fieni, C., Lundberg, L.L. & Zinner, E. (1989) Plutonium, uranium and rare earths in the phosphates of ordinary chondrites—the quest for a chronometer: Earth and Planetary Science Letters 93: 157-169.

Dietrich, R. V. (1990), Minerals of Virginia.

Rubin, A.E. (1990). Kamacite and Olivine in ordinary chondrites:Intergroup and intragroup relationships. G&CA 54, 1217-1232.

Brearley, A.J. & Jones, R.H. (1998) Chondritic Meteorites. In: Planetary Materials (Papike, JJ - Ed.), Chapter 3: 1-398: Mineralogical Society of America, Washington, DC, USA.

Grady, M.M. (2000). Catalogue of Meteorites (5/e). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge; New York; Oakleigh; Madrid; Cape Town. 689 pages.

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