Goose Lake meteorite, Goose Lake, Modoc Co., California, USA
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|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||41° 58' 47'' North , 120° 32' 30'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||41.98000,-120.54167|
|Non-native locality type:||Meteorite|
|Meteorite Class:||IAB-sLL iron meteorite|
|Meteoritical Society Class:||Iron, IAB-sLL|
|Metbull:||View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database|
|Köppen climate type:||Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate|
Iron meteorite, Octahedrite (IAB-sLL, Om)
Find, 1938; 1169.5 kg
The large meteorite (105 x 70 x 40 cm) was found lying on ancient lava beds about 2 miles W of Goose Lake and about 1¼ miles S of the Oregon border, some 40 miles N from Alturas. The largely kamacite-dominated interior is also rich in plessite (20 vol%) with taenite somewhat discontinuous. Accessories troilite, schreibersite, and graphite are accompanied by very minor amounts of additional sulfides, carbides, and even a nitride (carlsbergite).
One of 13 IAB meteorites with a mass greater than a ton, Goose Lake is the largest meteorite found from California (1938). Trace amounts of Au, Ga & Ir place it in the IAB-sLL subgroup whose 31 members constitute one of the larger IAB subgroups. The main mass, largely intact, is with the U.S. National Museum (Washington).
9 valid minerals.
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Leonard, Frederick Charles (1939a), Preliminary announcement of the Goose Lake California, meteorite: Science, new series: 89: 508.
Leonard, Frederick Charles (1939b), The Goose Lake siderite; California’s largest known meteorite: Pacific Mineralogist: 6(1): 3-4.
Linsley, Earle Garfield (1939), The giant Goose Lake meteorite from Modoc County, California: California Division Mines Report 35: 308-312.
Leonard, Frederick Charles (1941), The Goose Lake siderite: California’s largest known meteorite: Contributions of the Soc. For Research on Meteorites Contr.: 2: 113-114.
Leonard, Frederick Charles (1950), On the identification and recovery of the Goose Lake, California siderite (ECN= +1205,420): Meteoritical Soc., Contributions: 4: 323-324.
Goldberg, E., Uchiyama, A., and Brown, H. (1951) The distribution of nickel, cobalt, gallium, palladium and gold in iron meteorites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta: 2: 9.
Onishi, H. and Sandell, E.B. (1957) Meteoric and terrestrial abundance of tin. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta: 12: 268.
Henderson, E.P. and Perry, S.H. (1958) Studies of seven siderites. Proc. U.S. National Museum: 107: 339.
Butler, C.P. (1963), The Goose Lake fragments: California Academy of Science Proceedings: 32: 291.
Butler, C.P. (1964), The Goose Lake fragments The Meteoritical Society, Program of the 27th. Annual Meeting: 5-6.
Butler, C.P. (1965), Origin of the Goose Lake fragments: Meteoritics: 2: 351.
Axon, H.J. & R. Rieche (1967), The Goose Lake meteorite and the Goose Lake fragments: Nature: 215: 379-380.
Goldstein, J.I. and Short, J.M. (1967) The iron meteorites, their thermal history and parent bodies. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta: 31: 1741.
Linn, T.A. and Moore, C.B. (1967) Neutron actuation determination of gold in iron meteorites and inclusions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters: 3: 455.
Wasson, J.T. and Kimberlin, J. (1967) The chemical classification of iron meteorites, II. Irons and pallasites with gemanium concentrations between 8 and 100 ppm. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta: 31: 2068.
Comerford, M.F. (1969), Phosphide and carbide inclusions in iron meteorites, in: Meteorite Research: 780-795, P.M. Millman (editor), D. Reidel, Dordrecht-Holland: 792.
Doan, A.S. and J.L. Goldstein (1969) The formation of phosphides in iron meteorites. Meteorite Research, P.M. Millman (Ed.), D. Reidel Publishing Co., Dordecht-Holland: 733.
Moore, C.B., Lewis, C.F., and Nava, D. (1969) Superior analyses of iron meteorites. In: Meteorite Research, P.M. Millman (Editor), D. Reidel Publishing Co., Dordecht-Holland: 743.
Wasson, J.T. (1970) The chemical composition of meteorites, IV. Irons with Ge concentrations greater than 190 ppm and other meteorites associated with Group I. Icarus, 12: 410.
Moore, C.B. (1971) Phosphorus. In: Handbook of Elemental Abundance in Meteorites, B. Mason (Editor), Gordon and Breach, New York, 133.
Morgan, J.W. (1971) Rhenium. In: Handbook of Elemental Abundance in Meteorites. B. Mason (Editor), Gordon and Breach, New York: 445.
Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 59.
Norton, O. Richard (1999) Goose Lake Meteorite – The Rest of the Story; Meteorite Magazine: 5(1) (February, 1999).
Grady, M. M. (2000) Catalogue of Meteorites (5/e). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, New York, Oakleigh, Madrid, Cape Town. 690 pages.