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Fermo meteorite, Fermo, Fermo Province, Marche, Italy

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 43° 10' 52'' North , 13° 45' 12'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 43.18111,13.75333
Non-native locality type:Meteorite
Meteorite Class:H3-5 chondrite meteorite
Meteoritical Society Class: H3-5
Metbull:View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Köppen climate type:Cfa : Humid subtropical climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Meteorite di Fermo, Fermo, Provincia di Fermo, Marche, Italia


Marche, Italy

Fell 1996 September 25, ~15:30 UT

Ordinary chondrite (H3-5)

A farmer, Mr. Luigi Benedetti, heard an explosion followed a few seconds afterwards by a crash on September 25. Two days later, Mr. Giuseppe Santarelli recovered a 10.2 kg stone from the place described by Benedetti, located close to a field, 3-4 km north-east of the town of Fermo and a few kilometers from the Adriatic coast.

Classification and mineralogy (A. M. Fioretti and G. Molin, CNR; see Molin et al., 1997): a breccia of millimeter to centimeter-sized light and dark clasts in a gray matrix; one type 3 clast contains glass and has range of olivine, Fa2–27, and pyroxene, Fs2–22; an equilibrated clast has olivine, Fa18.2; matrix olivine uniform at Fa17.4. All specimens, PMVV.

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- Cevolani G., Serra R., Haver R. (1997): A new meteorite in Italy: the Fermo chondrite. WGN, 25, 2, 89-93.
- Molin G., Fioretti A.M., Cevolani G., Carampin R., Serra R. (1997): A new fall in Italy: the Fermo H-chondrite breccia. A preliminary investigation. Planet. Space Sci., 45, 743-747.
- Cevolani G. (1998): Unusual aspects of the Fermo meteorite: composition and structure. In: Baggaley W.J. Porubcan V., eds., (1999. Meteroids 1998. Proceedings of the International Conference held at Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia, August 17-21, 1998. Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, page 391.
- Cevolani G., Funaki M., Hvozdara M., Orlicky O., Tunyi I., Porubcan V., Pupillo G. (2001): On the origin of remanent magnetism of the Fermo H-Chondrite breccia. Supplements to Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 36, A38-A39.
- Iždinský K., Cevolani G., Kapišinský I., Zemánková M., Porubčan V. (2006): Microstructure of the Fermo meteorite. Nuovo Cimento C, 29, 6, 711-717.

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