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Dermbach meteorite, Suhl, Thuringia, Germany

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Name(s) in local language(s): , Thüringen, Deutschland
Iron, Ni-rich, ungrouped (I-ung, D)
Found 1924; 1.5 kg

A small lump of somewhat weathered Fe-Ni metal was bequeathed to the Dermbach Museum. Subsequent analysis has revealed an unusual meteorite (~70vol% Fe-Ni metal, 25 vol% troilite, and highly shocked accessory schreibersite). Metal nodules with 42%Ni and 24%Ni help to make Dermbach one of the most Ni-rich meteorites recovered. A possible relationship to IVA irons has been suggested, but has not been resolved at this time.

Iron-60 measurements suggest that the Dermbach meteoroid entered the earth's atmosphere with a radius of approximately 5-10 cm. As of 2000 approximately half of the meteorite mass (~.7 kg) still remained in Dermbach.

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Graham, A. L. [Editor] (1978). Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 55. Meteoritics 13(3): 327-352 (Sept 1978).

Knie, K. & 6 others (1999) AMS measurements and model calculations of iron-60 production rates in meteorites. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 34 (5): 729-734 (Sept 1999).

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

Bartoschewitz, R., Tagle, R., Nolze, G., Spettel, B. & Greshake, A. (2012) The Dermbach Meteorite — A Relict of the IVA Parent Body? Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XLIII: The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1659, id.1192 (Mar 2012)

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