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Elbogen meteorite (Loket meteorite), Loket, Sokolov District, Karlovy Vary Region, Czech Republici
Regional Level Types
Elbogen meteorite (Loket meteorite)Meteorite Fall Location
LoketMunicipality
Sokolov DistrictDistrict
Karlovy Vary RegionRegion
Czech RepublicCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
50° 11' 22'' North , 12° 44' 30'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Meteorite Class:
Meteoritical Society Class:
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Loket3,217 (2018)1.0km
Staré Sedlo760 (2018)1.8km
Nové Sedlo2,669 (2018)1.9km
Hory195 (2018)4.3km
Královské Poříčí728 (2018)4.4km
Name(s) in local language(s):
Čechy, Česká Republika


Iron meteorite, octahedrite (IID, Om)
Fall, ~1400; 107 kg

A rounded Fe-rich mass (50 x 30 x 20 cm)— often alluded to as "Der verwünschte Burggraf" ["The bewitched burgrave"] — was preserved for centuries in Elbogen before being recognized as meteoritic by the scientific community in the early 19th Century. For three decades of the 18th century, the mass was at the bottom of a well and, at some other time, had been in a blast furnace. Nevertheless, besides its composition (~10% Ni) and remnant Widmanstätten features, several additional important textural and mineralogical features are still present. The dominant kamacite is accompanied by abundant plessite (~30 vol%) and primary schreibersite in various morphologies. Troilite and lesser amounts of chromite are found within the schreibersite. While schreibersite has not been significantly altered by heat, some of the troilite and most or all of the graphite present have been altered by the terrestrial heat treatment. Neither Neumann bands or fusion crust are reported by Buchwald (1975). A crust of terrestrial oxides is also present.

In spite of the sketchy records — many pertinent documents have been destroyed by wars — Elbogen has been deemed a witnessed fall by the meteoritical community. As such Elbogen is both the oldest and the most massive of the three recorded IID falls and the third most massive of the total of 22 recovered IID irons. While the largest portion of the mass (79 kg) is at the Naturhistorisches Museum in Wien (Vienna), significant amounts are also held by the Elbogen Rathaus (14 kg) and in the universities and museums of Prague (~13 kg).

Regions containing this locality

Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate
EuropeContinent
CzechoslovakiaCountry (Former)
Bohemian MassifMassif
Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen), Czech RepublicRegion (Historical)

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


6 valid minerals.

Meteorite/Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

Chromite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Reference: Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
Graphite
Formula: C
Description: As crystalline spherules near matrix schreibersite
Reference: Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
Iron
Formula: Fe
Reference: Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
Iron var: Kamacite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)
Reference: Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
'Limonite'
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Description: In the oxidized crust and in some interior veins.
Reference: Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
'Plessite'
Reference: Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
Schreibersite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)3P
Description: As platy, skeleton crystals w. swathing kamacite & as boundary precipitates. Smaller blebs also common within the comb plessite.
Reference: Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
Taenite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)
Reference: Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.
Troilite
Formula: FeS
Reference: Buchwald, V. F. (1975) Handbook of Iron Meteorites. University of California Press. 1418 pages.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Graphite1.CB.05aC
Iron1.AE.05Fe
var: Kamacite1.AE.05(Fe,Ni)
Schreibersite1.BD.05(Fe,Ni)3P
Taenite1.AE.10(Fe,Ni)
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Troilite2.CC.10FeS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Chromite4.BB.05Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
'Plessite'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Iron
var: Kamacite
1.1.11.1(Fe,Ni)
Schreibersite1.1.21.2(Fe,Ni)3P
Taenite1.1.11.2(Fe,Ni)
Semi-metals and non-metals
Graphite1.3.6.2C
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Troilite2.8.9.1FeS
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Chromite7.2.3.3Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Iron-Fe
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
'Plessite'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
CCarbon
C GraphiteC
OOxygen
O ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
PPhosphorus
P Schreibersite(Fe,Ni)3P
SSulfur
S TroiliteFeS
CrChromium
Cr ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
FeIron
Fe ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
Fe Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Fe Schreibersite(Fe,Ni)3P
Fe TroiliteFeS
Fe Taenite(Fe,Ni)
Fe IronFe
NiNickel
Ni Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)
Ni Schreibersite(Fe,Ni)3P
Ni Taenite(Fe,Ni)

References

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Prior, G.T. (1923) Catalogue of Meteorites: with special reference to those represented in the collection of the British Museum of Natural History. Richard Clay & Sons, Limited: Bungay, Suffolk.
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, New York, Oakleigh, Madrid, Cape Town. 690 pages.

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