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Chinga meteorite (Chinge), Chinge River, Tuva Republic, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 51° 3' 42'' North , 94° 24' 56'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 51.06167,94.41556
GeoHash:G#: y154krrrc
Locality type:Meteorite Fall Location
Meteorite Class:Ungrouped iron meteorite
Meteoritical Society Class:Iron, ungrouped
Metbull:View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Köppen climate type:Dfc : Subarctic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):метеорит Чинге

Ataxite, found in 1913 by gold diggers in Tuva near the Chinge River.

The "Iron Man" is a statue that was made from a fragment of the Chinga meteorite.

Regions containing this locality

Soviet Union (1922-1991)

Country (Former) - 3,642 mineral species & varietal names listed

Siberian Federal District, Russia

District - 1,281 mineral species & varietal names listed

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

5 valid minerals.

Meteorite/Rock Types Recorded

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Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2S4
Reference: Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data of 2017
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data of 2017
Formula: Fe
Reference: Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data of 2017
Iron var: Kamacite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)
Reference: Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data of 2017
Formula: FeNi
Reference: Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data of 2017
Formula: FeS
Reference: Pavel M. Kartashov analytical data of 2017
'Ungrouped iron meteorite'
Reference: Meteoritical Society Database

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
var: Kamacite1.AE.05(Fe,Ni)
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
Ungrouped iron meteorite-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Metals, other than the Platinum Group
var: Kamacite,Ni)
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 3:4
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Ungrouped iron meteorite'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
S DaubréeliteFe2+Cr23+S4
S TroiliteFeS
Cr DaubréeliteFe2+Cr23+S4
Fe DaubréeliteFe2+Cr23+S4
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
Fe IronFe
Fe Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)
Fe TetrataeniteFeNi
Fe TroiliteFeS
Ni Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)
Ni TetrataeniteFeNi

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Late Paleozoic - Early Paleozoic
251.902 - 541 Ma

ID: 3188690
Paleozoic intrusive rocks

Age: Phanerozoic (251.902 - 541 Ma)

Lithology: Intrusive igneous rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

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Buchner, E., Schmieder, M., Kurat, G., Brandstaetter, F., Kramar, U., Ntaflos, T. & Kröchert, J. (2012), Buddha from space — An ancient object of art made of a Chinga iron meteorite fragment. Meteoritics & Planetary Science: 47: 1491-1501.

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