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Dingo Pup Donga meteorite, Sleeper Camp, North Haig, Dundas Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
 
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 30° 25' 59'' South , 126° 13' 0'' East (est.)
Margin of Error:~0km
Non-native locality type:Meteorite
Meteorite Type:Ureilite meteorite
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate


A donga is a shallow depression associated with sinkholes. In the flat featureless Nullabor Plain, they are often the only natural physical features in the area.This meteorite was found near a donga which contained the skeleton of a dead dingo pup. It was discovered by A.J. Carlisle in late 1966, approximately 20 kilometres south-east of Sleeper Camp.

It is an achondrite, more specifically, a ureilite. Described as an elongated wedged shaped mass, 122.7gr and 3.05 specific gravity. One side shows a brownish black thin finely mamillated fusion crust.

The interior lacks iron which has preserved the meteorite well. It is dark greenish grey with a very fine texture. It contains vitreous phenocrysts of olivine subhedral to 5mm in length scattered sparingly through the base.

The fine breccia is olivine and lesser clinopyroxene. The olivine base is anhedral grains containing pigeonite. Like other ureilites, Dinga Pup Donga has phases of elemental carbon which include both isometric diamond and its hexagonal polymorph, Lonsdaleite. The specimen's main mass is housed in the Western Australian Museum.

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References

McCall, G.J.H., Cleverly, W.H.(1968): New Stony Meteorite Finds Including Two Ureilites From The Nullabor Plain Western Australia, Mineralogical Magazine (March 1968):36:691-716.

Gennady P. Vdovykin (1970). Ureilites. Space Science Reviews 10, #4, 483-510.

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