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Bath Furnace meteorite, Bath Co., Kentucky, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 38° 15' North , 83° 45' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 38.25, -83.75
Erratic type:Meteorite

Ordinary Chondrite (L6); 86 kg, 3 stones
Fall, 15 November 1902

Early on a November evening century a bolide and detonations announced the fall of Kentucky’s second stony meteorite. The fireball had been seen in 7 states. The first Bath Furnace stone recovered was a modestly impressive 5.9 kg buried about 50 cm into the ground. Three additional stones recovered later made Bath Furnace Kentucky’s largest stony meteorite and the 3rd most massive Kentucky meteorite of 25 discovered in the last two Centuries. As of now, all indications are that it was an ordinary chondrite member of the low-iron class. The petrologic type indicates that the meteorite is equilibrated and that only scarce relics of any original chondrules are still present.

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Keil, K. & Fredriksson, K. (1964) The Fe.Mg and Ca Distribution in Coexisting Olivines and Rhombic Pyroxenes of Chondrites. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres 69 (16): 3487-3515. (August 1964).

van Schmus, W.R. & Koffman, D.M. (1967) Equilibration Temperatures of Iron and Magnesium in Chondritic Meteorites: Science, New Series 155 (3765): 1009-1011. (Feb 1967).

Van Schmus, W.R. & Ribbe, P.H. (1968) The composition and structural state of feldspar from chondritic meteorites: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 32(12): 1327-1342. (Dec. 1968).

Grady, M. M. (2000) Catalogue of Meteorites (5/e). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, London, New York, Oakleigh, Madrid. 689 pages.

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