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Linum meteorite, Neruppin, Brandenburg, Germanyi
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Linum meteoriteMeteorite Fall Location
Neruppin- not defined -
BrandenburgState
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
52° 45' North , 12° 54' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Meteorite Class:
Meteoritical Society Class:
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Kremmen7,567 (2015)8.5km
Fehrbellin9,413 (2011)11.5km
Jahnberge785 (2015)13.1km
Paulinenaue1,327 (2011)15.1km
Rüthnick536 (2015)16.0km
Name(s) in local language(s):
, Brandenburg, Deutschland


Ordinary chondrite (L6)
Fall, 5 September 1854; 1.862 kg, a single stone

At approximately the same time that a powerful detonation was heard, a single meteoritic stone was driven over a meter deep into a moor. The meteorite was quickly recognized as a normal meteorite, but is today more specifically classified as a well-equilibrated L6 ordinary chondrite with indistinct (mostly olivine-rich) chondrules . While the meteorite has been well curated, the brief encounter with the swampy soil has left some minor rust stains in the midst of a mostly light colored matrix sprinkled with relic chondrules and minor opaques. Pyroxenes, less prominent than in many chondrites, are in apparent equilibrium with olivine and coarse-grained albitic plagioclase is preset. In addition to the major expected silicates and troilite, a nearly full complement of not quite equilibrated Fe-Ni metal phases is present (kamacite, taenite, plus traces of plessite and tetrataenite are reported. Accessory phases include chromite and, as a bonus, two phosphate minerals (chlorapatite, merrillite) are reported as well. [The ubiquitous but often tiny meteoritic phosphates are incompletely reported or unreported in many meteorite studies].


Linum is one of 9 witnessed and reliably recorded L chondrite falls, including seven L6 chondrites, recovered in Germany between 1819 and 2013. With 409 total L falls listed at the Meteoritical Society's 'Meteoritical Bulletin Database', the L chondrites are the most numerous group among the ~1200 recovered meteorite falls. The main mass of the Linum meteorite is at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

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7 valid minerals.

Meteorite/Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

'Albite-Anorthite Series'
Description: Plagioclase (An10,Ab84,Or6)
Reference: Prior, G. T. (1916). On the Genetic relationship and classification of meteorites. Mineralogical Magazine 18(83): 26-44. (Nov 1916) ; Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
Chlorapatite
Formula: Ca5(PO4)3Cl
Reference: Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
Chromite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Reference: Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
'Clinopyroxene Subgroup'
Description: Hi-Ca clinopyroxene (Wo44.6, En47.4Fs8), N=8, Matthes & Adam (1988).
Reference: Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'
Description: Olivine (Fa24), characteristic composition for many L6 chondrites
Reference: Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988); Grady, M. M. (2000) Catalogue of Meteorites (5/e). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge; New York; Oakleigh; Madrid; Cape Town. 689 pages.
Iron
Formula: Fe
Description: Kamacite (Ni ave- 6.1% Ni, range 4.5-8.9%)
Reference: Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
Iron var: Kamacite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)
Description: Kamacite (Ni ave- 6.1% Ni, range 4.5-8.9%)
Reference: Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
Merrillite
Formula: Ca9NaMg(PO4)7
Reference: Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
'Meteoritic Iron'
Description: Fe-Ni metal clearly lacks the near equilibration of the silicates.
Reference: Buchner, O. (1863) Die meteoriten in Sammlungen, ihre Geschichte, Mineralogische und Chemische Beschaffenheit. Leipzig: Verlag von Wilhelm Engelmann.; Prior, G. T. (1916). On the Genetic relationship and classification of meteorites. Mineralogical Magazine 18(83): 26-44. (Nov 1916) ; Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'
Description: Low-Ca pyroxene (Wo1.5, Fs20.3±1)
Reference: Prior, G. T. (1916). On the Genetic relationship and classification of meteorites. Mineralogical Magazine 18(83): 26-44. (Nov 1916) ; Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
'Plessite'
Reference: Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
Taenite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)
Reference: Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
Tetrataenite
Formula: FeNi
Description: On margins of some Fe-Ni grains (Ni~49%)
Reference: Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
Troilite
Formula: FeS
Reference: Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Iron1.AE.05Fe
var: Kamacite1.AE.05(Fe,Ni)
Taenite1.AE.10(Fe,Ni)
Tetrataenite1.AE.10FeNi
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Troilite2.CC.10FeS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Chromite4.BB.05Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Chlorapatite8.BN.05Ca5(PO4)3Cl
Merrillite8.AC.45Ca9NaMg(PO4)7
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Clinopyroxene Subgroup'-
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Meteoritic Iron'-
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'-
'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)
Taenite1.1.11.2(Fe,Ni)
Tetrataenite1.1.11.3FeNi
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Troilite2.8.9.1FeS
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Chromite7.2.3.3Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Group 38 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL PHOSPHATES, ARSENATES, AND VANADATES
(AB)3(XO4)2
Merrillite38.3.4.4Ca9NaMg(PO4)7
Group 41 - ANHYDROUS PHOSPHATES, ETC.CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
A5(XO4)3Zq
Chlorapatite41.8.1.2Ca5(PO4)3Cl
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Clinopyroxene Subgroup'-
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
Iron-Fe
'Meteoritic Iron'-
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'-
'Plessite'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

OOxygen
O ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
O ChlorapatiteCa5(PO4)3Cl
O MerrilliteCa9NaMg(PO4)7
NaSodium
Na MerrilliteCa9NaMg(PO4)7
MgMagnesium
Mg MerrilliteCa9NaMg(PO4)7
PPhosphorus
P ChlorapatiteCa5(PO4)3Cl
P MerrilliteCa9NaMg(PO4)7
SSulfur
S TroiliteFeS
ClChlorine
Cl ChlorapatiteCa5(PO4)3Cl
CaCalcium
Ca ChlorapatiteCa5(PO4)3Cl
Ca MerrilliteCa9NaMg(PO4)7
CrChromium
Cr ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
FeIron
Fe ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
Fe Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)
Fe TetrataeniteFeNi
Fe Taenite(Fe,Ni)
Fe TroiliteFeS
Fe IronFe
NiNickel
Ni Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)
Ni TetrataeniteFeNi
Ni Taenite(Fe,Ni)

References

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Buchner, O. (1863) Die meteoriten in Sammlungen, ihre Geschichte, Mineralogische und Chemische Beschaffenheit. Leipzig: Verlag von Wilhelm Engelmann.
Prior, G. T. (1916). On the Genetic relationship and classification of meteorites. Mineralogical Magazine 18(83): 26-44. (Nov 1916)
Matthes, J. & Adam, K. (1988) The Linum chondrite: Meteoritics 23 (4): p. 378. (Dec 1988)
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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