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San Juan Capistrano meteorite, San Juan Capistrano, Orange Co., California, USA

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A meteorite fall located halfway between the town of San Juan Capistrano and San Juan Capistrano beach, 60 meters W of Interstate highway 5.

An olivine-bronzite chondrite. Fell and plunged through a residential carport roof sometime after midnight on March 15, 1973. The stone comprised 2 pieces totaling 56 grams. The largest piece, retrieved the morning after the fall, weighed 50.5 grams.

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Finkel, R.C. and Marti, K. (1975) The San Juan Capistrano meteorite. Meteoritics: 10: 61-66.

Finkel, R.C., Kohl, C.F., Marti, K., and Martinek, B. (1978) The cosmic-ray record in the San Juan Capistrano meteorite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta: 42: 241-250.

Finkel, R.C., D. Lal and K. Marti (1983), Cosmicray record in the San Juan Capistrano meteorite. Meteoritics 8, 365.

Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 59.

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