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Gütersloh meteorite, Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 51° 55' North , 8° 23' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 51.91667,8.38333
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Non-native locality type:Meteorite
Name(s) in local language(s):Gütersloh Meteorit, Detmold, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland


Ordinary chondrite, brecciated (H3/4, br)
Fall, 17 April 1851; 1 kg

After the appearance of a bright bolide, 2 small stones were recovered. Two additional weathered stones were recovered a year later. Prominent chondrules, largely equilibrated silicates (olivine - Fa20), and fine-grained Fe-Ni metal indicate that it is an H-chondrite on the borderline between petrologic types 3 and 4. As the meteorite is gas-rich, the meteoritic material must have been close to the surface of a preterrestrial asteroid in its preterrestrial past. Not unsurprisingly, very little information about this small meteorite has appeared in readily accessible literature of recent decades.

Gütersloh is one of 11 witnessed H-chondrite falls recovered in Germany since 1785. The main mass has been held at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin for many decades (~.77 kg in 2000).

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References

Buchner, O. (1863) Die meteoriten in Sammlungen, ihre Geschichte, Mineralogische und Chemische Beschaffenheit. Leipzig: Verlag von Wilhelm Engelmann.

Graham, A. L., Bevan, A. W. R. & Hutchison, B. (1985) Catalogue of Meteorites (4/e). University of Arizona Press: Tucson.

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

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