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Puerto Lápice meteorite, Camuñas, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 39° 21' North , 3° 31' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 39.35000,-3.51667
GeoHash:G#: eyvrzgrnr
Other regions containing this locality:Iberian Peninsula
Locality type:Meteorite Fall Location
Meteorite Class:Eucrite breccia meteorite
Meteoritical Society Class:Eucrite-br
Metbull:View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Köppen climate type:Csa : Hot-summer Mediterranean climate
Name(s) in local language(s):, Castilla-La Mancha, España

Eucrite, brecciated; mass ~ 500 g
10 May 2007 Fall with Fireball

A spectacular daytime fireball brighter than the full moon was seen over most of Spain. Approximately 70 fragments have been recovered as of early 2009, but the total recovered mass was quite modest. Most, perhaps all, of the fragments are less massive than 10 grams. Nevertheless, the recovered pieces of this very brecciated eucrite still have a story to tell. The meteorite's mass is dominated by low-Ca pyroxene and calcic plagioclase (mostly bytownite) which are dispersed into various regions exhibiting both primary basaltic and recrystallized textures. Minor constituents include silica, troilite, and several other opaques (chromite, ilmenite, ulvöspinel). Textural and chemical differences abound. Several coarse-grained regions are richer in both ilmenite and silica than the rest of the meteorite. A fine-grained anorthite-normative clast may represent an impact melt breccia. Plagioclase, pyroxene, and spinels of varying composition, transecting veins, and maskelynite (glass of plagioclase composition) all indicate that this is indeed one very brecciated meteorite. At least three separate shock events have left their traces on different components. All such variations, however, are more or less within the range of known members of the eucritic group. And, indeed, oxygen isotopes and Fe/Mn ratios indicate that Puerto Lápice is a 'geochemically normal' member of the HED achondrite suite.

It may be a while before we are certain that the asteroid Vesta is the actual parent body of most HED meteorites (Howardites, Eucrite, and Diogenites). [This is the current usually favored hypothesis.] Puerto Lápice certainly seems to have come from a moderately large, airless, differentiated world similar to all that we think we now know about Vesta. At a minimum, Puerto Lápice does not present any obvious difficulties for the hypothesis that it is a fragment of Vesta.

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0.0117 - 2.588 Ma

ID: 2510254

Age: Pleistocene (0.0117 - 2.588 Ma)

Description: Conglomerate, gravel, sand, sandstone, silt and clay. Fluvial and marine terraces

Lithology: Gravel, conglomerate, sand and silt

Reference: Mapa Geológico de la Península Ibérica, Baleares y Canarias a escala 1:1.000.000. Instituto Geológico y Minero de España. [77]

5.333 - 23.03 Ma

ID: 3191268
Cenozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Miocene (5.333 - 23.03 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary 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]

443.8 - 485.4 Ma

ID: 3141104
Ordovician quartzite

Age: Ordovician (443.8 - 485.4 Ma)

Description: undifferentiated metamorphic

Lithology: Major:{quartzite}, Minor{shale/slate,greenschist,conglomerate}

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

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Harold C. Connolly, Jr., Caroline Smith, Gretchen Benedix, Luigi Folco, Kevin Righter, Jutta Zipfel, Akira Yamaguchi & Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane (2008). The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 93, 2008 March. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 43, #3, 571-632. (March 2008).
Llorca, J., Ignasi Casanova, I., Trigo-Rodríguez, J. M., Madiedo, J. M., Roszjar, R., Addi Bischoff, A., Ott, U., Franchi, I. A., Greenwood, R. C, Matthias., M. (2009) The Puerto Lápice eucrite: Meteoritics & Planetary Science 44 (2): 159-174. (Feb 2009)
Trigo-Rodríguez et al. (2009) Puerto Lápice eucrite fall: Strewn field, physical description, probable fireball trajectory, and orbit. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 44 (2): 175-186. (Feb 2009)

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