Kiel meteorite, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||54° 23' 59'' North , 10° 8' 59'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||54.40000,10.15000|
|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|
|Name(s) in local language(s):||Kiel Meteorit, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Deutschland|
Ordinary chondrite (L6)
Fall, 26 April 1962; 737.6 g
A stone made an ~10x10 cm hole in the roof and was found a day later. The meteorite contains abundant chondrules which have somewhat recrystallized and are embedded in a recrystallized groundmass. Olivine (55 vol%), orthopyroxene (28 vol%), albitic plagioclase (9 vol%), troilite (4.5 vol%), and Fe-Ni metal (4.5 vol%) account for almost all of the meteorite. The metal is partially recrystallized, but kamacite, taenite, and plessite are all present. However, small amounts of chromite, copper, isocubanite, merrillite, and valleriite are also found. An interesting mix of oxidized minerals within the fusion crust have also been reported.
The olivine composition (Fa25) and Orthopyroxene (Fs21) as well as the bulk iron composition (22.5 wt%) indicate that the Kiel meteorite is an ordinary L (low-iron) chondrite. The plagioclase (An9.4Ab85.1Or5.5) is somewhat K-rich for meteoritic plagioclase and could easily be labelled as albitic feldspar. Deformation of some silicates indicates moderate shock peak pressures above 100 kbar.
While eleven L chondrites have been recovered form Germany, the Kiel meteorite is the only recognized meteorite from the Schleswig-Holstein region. Although smaller than most, it has been given a somewhat more thorough study than usually accorded an ordinary chondrite. Ackermand & Raase (1973) utilized the microprobe while Ramdohr (1973) utilized a petrographic reflecting microscope.
14 valid minerals.
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Ackermand, D. & Raase, P. (1973) Die mineralogische Zusammensetzung des Meteoriten von Kiel: Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology: 39(4):289-300. (Dec 1973)
Ramdohr, P. (1973) The Opaque Minerals in Stony Meteorites. Elsevier Publishing Company: Amsterdam, London: New York. 245 pages.
Grady, M. M. (2000) Catalogue of Meteorites (5/e). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge; New York, Oakleigh, Madrid, Cape Town. 689 pages.