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Aubres meteorite, Aubres, Drôme, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° 23' North , 5° 10' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 44.3833333333, 5.16666666667
Other/historical region names associated with this locality:Rhône-Alpes

Aubrite Prototype (Enstatite achondrite)S3; W0
Fall, 14 Sept 1836; 800 g, a sigle stone

Aubres was the first of only 9 witnessed aubrite falls. Aubrites are enstatite achondrites compositionally dominated by very nearly pure magnesian pyroxene (enstatite). Most are breccias containing igneous and impact-melted clasts. Aubrites have a highly reduced mineralogy producing some unusual sulfides and nitrides that are rarely seen in other meteorites (other than enstatite chondrites) and almost never — if ever — in natural terrestrial assemblages. As the aubrites are more vulnerable than almost all other meteorite types to chemical attack by the air and water of the terrestrial environment, witnessed aubrite falls with their relatively unaltered pre-terrestrial mineralogy are especially treasured. As the first aubrite fall it is logical that an E-rich group of achondrites would be named after its first member. However, some of the later, but more massive aubrite falls [e.g., Norton County (1.07 tons) and Cumberland Falls (24 kg)] have presented more opportunities for discovery.

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Klaus Keil (1989). Enstatite meteorites and their parent bodies, Meteoritics 24 (4): 195-208. (Dec 1989)

Grady, M. M. (2000). Catalogue of Meteorites (5/e). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, New York, Oakleigh, Madrid, Cape Town. 690 pages.

Grady, M. M., Pratesi, G. & Moggi-Cecchi, V. (2015) Atlas of Meteorites. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, United Kingdom. 373 pages.

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