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Glasgow meteorite, Glasgow, Barren Co., Kentucky, USA

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Iron, IIIAB (Om) - shock-hardened, weathered
Found 1922, 20 kg

Two similar and badly oxidized masses (11.3 kg, 9.1 kg) were plowed up about 5 km southwest of Glasgow. The pieces were so weathered that Widmanstätten figures were visible without etching. The smaller was sent to the U.S. National Museum. The meteorite's dominant lithology is its shock-hardened kamacite with troilite nodules. Fe-Ni metal [~7.6% Ni] also includes taenite ribbons and plessite. Troilite, often with included daubréelite, is present. Schreibersite is also found, particularly at grain boundaries. Lawrencite, a corrosive Cl-bearing weathering product first discovered in meteorites, is all too evident.

As of 2000, 4.047 kg still remained with the U.S. National Museum in Washington, DC.

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Merrill, G.P. (1923) On a recently found meteoritic iron from Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky: American Journal of Science, 5th Series 5, vol. 5: 63-64. (Jan 1923)

Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.

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

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