Rich Mountain meteorite, Jackson Co., North Carolina, USA
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|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||35° 1' 60'' North , 83° 1' 60'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||35.03333,-83.03333|
|Non-native locality type:||Meteorite|
|Meteorite Class:||L6 chondrite meteorite|
|Meteoritical Society Class:||L6|
|Metbull:||View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database|
|Köppen climate type:||Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate|
Ordinary Chondrite, veined (L6) ['Olivine-Hypersthene' chondrite
Fell June 30,1903, 1400 hours. Mass 668 grams
After the appearance of a fireball and detonations, one or more stones fell. After passing through the top of a tree while cutting of leaves and small branches, a single piece was recovered by a bystander less than 12-15 meters away. The chondritic structure, somewhat indistinct and even pulverized in places, revealed scattered patches of Fe-Ni metal and troilite as well as numerous threadlike black veins. Early observations suggested that graphite and magnetite were present, but these identifications need to be verified and/or given some more precise modern petrographic context.
Rich Mountain is ranked as the 205th most massive of the 271 falls classified exactly as 'L6' chondrites at the Meteoritical Bulletin Database [21 Nov 2016]. So it is not surprising that very little appears to have been published in the readily available literature. Moreover, very little of the meteorite remains today. Almost all of the known mass is at the United States National Museum in Washington (112 g) and at the American Museum of Natural History in New York (33 g).
5 valid minerals.
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Farrington, O.C. (1915) Catalogue of the meteorites of North America: Proceedings of the U. S. National Museum 31.
Merrill, G.P. (1915). On the Monticellite-like Mineral in Meteorites, and on Oldhamite as a meteoritic Constituent. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 1: 302-308.
Mason, B. (1963) Olivine in ordinary chondrites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 27(9): 1011-1023. (Sept 1963).
Ramdohr, P. (1973). The Opaque Minerals in Stony Meteorites. Elsevier Publishing Company: Amsterdam; London: New York. 245 pages.