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Grossliebenthal meteorite (Odessa meteorite; Cherson meteorite), Odessa Oblast, Ukrainei
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Grossliebenthal meteorite (Odessa meteorite; Cherson meteorite)Meteorite Fall Location
Odessa OblastOblast
UkraineCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
46° 21' 0'' North , 30° 34' 59'' East
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Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Oleksandrivka4,990 (2015)4.6km
Tayirove1,849 (2015)5.2km
Chornomors’k54,102 (2018)7.4km
Ovidiopol11,818 (2017)15.6km
Hrybivka450 (2017)15.7km


Official name: Grossliebenthal meteorite
Synonymes: Odessa (to be avoided, because there are a stony meteorite and an iron meteorite with the same name), Cherson.
Observed fall: yes
Fall: 1881, November 19
Coordinates (Catalogue of Meteorites): 46°21'N, 30°35'E
Approx. recovered weight: 8 kg
Ordinary chondrite, type L6 (veined)

An extremely bright fireball announced both the coming of the day and of the entry of the Grossliebenthal meteoroid into the Odessa region of Ukraine. Its moderately large mass allowed analysis by several observers during the 19th Century so that its status as an ordinary chondrite has been known for over a century with a few labeling changes along the way as terminology for both meteorites and minerals have evolved. However, mineralogically Grossliebenthal is well characterized by the dominance of olivine (Fa25) and pyroxene (mostly orthopyroxene) accompanied by minor amounts of meteoritic iron, troilite, and accessory chromite. Much more precise mineralogical and petrographic details might be obtained if the meteorite were revisited using more modern technology. (Of course, additional information may also already be contained in untranslated Russian language publications.)

Grossliebenthal is the 3rd most massive of the ten L6 Ukrainian falls. As of November 2015, it was one of 269 meteorite falls classified as exactly an "L6" chondrite. The main mass has been kept at the Academy of Science in Moscow.

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2 valid minerals.

Meteorite/Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

'Albite-Anorthite Series'
Reference: Cohen, E. W. (1894) Meteoritenkunde, Issues 1-3: ‪E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagshandlung‬.; Farrington, O.C. (1915) Meteorites, Their Structure, Composition, and Terrestrial Relations. Chicago. 233 pages.
Chromite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Reference: Melikoff, P. & Schwalbe, Ch. (1893). Chemische Untersuchung des Meteoriten von Grossliebenthal: Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft 26 (1): 234-241. (Jan-April 1893).; Cohen, E. W. (1894) Meteoritenkunde, Issues 1-3: ‪E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagshandlung‬.
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'
Description: Olivine (Fa25).
Reference: Mason, B. (1963) Olivine in ordinary chondrites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 27: 1011-1023. ; Graham, A. L., Bevan, A. W. R. & Hutchison, B. (1985) Catalogue of Meteorites (4/e). University of Arizona Press: Tucson.
'Meteoritic Iron'
Reference: Melikoff, P. & Schwalbe, Ch. (1893). Chemische Untersuchung des Meteoriten von Grossliebenthal: Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft 26 (1): 234-241. (Jan-April 1893).
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'
Reference: Cohen, E. W. (1894) Meteoritenkunde, Issues 1-3: ‪E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagshandlung‬.
'Pyroxene Group'
Reference: Melikoff, P. & Schwalbe, Ch. (1893). Chemische Untersuchung des Meteoriten von Grossliebenthal: Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft 26 (1): 234-241. (Jan-April 1893).; Graham, A. L., Bevan, A. W. R. & Hutchison, B. (1985) Catalogue of Meteorites (4/e). University of Arizona Press: Tucson.
Troilite
Formula: FeS
Reference: Melikoff, P. & Schwalbe, Ch. (1893). Chemische Untersuchung des Meteoriten von Grossliebenthal: Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft 26 (1): 234-241. (Jan-April 1893).; Agrell, J. E. & Scott, E. R. D. (1977) Abstracts of papers published in Meteoritika. Meteoritics 12 (4): 467 - 475.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Troilite2.CC.10FeS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Chromite4.BB.05Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Meteoritic Iron'-
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'-
'Pyroxene Group'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

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.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Meteoritic Iron'-
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'-
'Pyroxene Group'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

OOxygen
O ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
SSulfur
S TroiliteFeS
CrChromium
Cr ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
FeIron
Fe ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
Fe TroiliteFeS

References

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Anonymous (1881) Nouvelles de la Science. - Varietes. Uranolithe tombe a Grossliebenthal, pres d'Odessa, le 19 novembre 1881. L'Astronomie, 3, 232-233.
Melikoff, P., Schwalbe, Ch. (1893) Chemische Untersuchung des Meteoriten von Grossliebenthal: Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft, 26(1), 234-241 (Jan-April 1893).
Cohen, E.W. (1894) Meteoritenkunde, Issues 1-3: ‪E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagshandlung‬.
Farrington, O.C. (1915) Meteorites, Their Structure, Composition, and Terrestrial Relations. Chicago. 233 pages.
Mason, B. (1963) Olivine in ordinary chondrites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 27, 1011-1023.
Agrell, J.E., Scott, E.R.D. (1977) Abstracts of papers published in Meteoritika. Meteoritics, 12(4), 467-475.
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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