|Regional Level Types|
|Oterøy meteorite||Meteorite Fall Location|
|Kragerø Archipelago||- not defined -|
|Name in Norwegian:||Oterøymeteoritten, Oterøy, Kragerø skjærgård, Kragerø, Telemark, Norge|
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||58° 52' 53'' North , 9° 33' 59'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||58.88156,9.56651|
|Locality type:||Meteorite Fall Location|
|Meteorite Class:||L6 chondrite meteorite|
|Meteoritical Society Class:||L6|
|Metbull:||View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database|
|Köppen climate type:||Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate|
|Other/historical names associated with this locality:||Otterøymeteoritten|
Ordinary chondrite (L6)
Fell, 15 October 1928 at the eastern side of Oterøy Island near Skåtøy; 246 g
The small meteorite broke apart upon impact (largest fragment 145 g). Olivine composition (Fa25) is characteristic of L (low iron) ordinary chondrites, but little else has been reported in the readily available science literature. The main mass (consisting of 4 stones) accounted for 90% of the original mass in 1974 and has been kept at the Mineralogical-Geology Museum in Oslo where most Norwegian meteorites are housed.
Oterøy is one of 7 witnessed ordinary chondrite falls to have been recovered in Norway and, along with the Ski meteorite, one of 2 witnessed Norwegian L6 falls. 269 meteorite falls have been classified exactly as L6 chondrites making them the most numerous petrologic type of the L Chondrite group. The L chondrites are, in turn, the most abundant of all meteorite groups accounting for approximately 40% of all fully classified meteorite falls.
Note: The coordinates are approximate.
Regions containing this locality
|Eurasian Plate||Tectonic Plate|
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1 valid mineral.
Meteorite/Rock Types Recorded
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Detailed Mineral List:
| ⓘ 'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'|
Reference: Graham, A. L., Bevan, A. W. R. & Hutchison, B. (1985) Catalogue of Meteorites (4/e). University of Arizona Press: Tucson. ; Mason, B. (1963) Olivine in ordinary chondrites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 27 (9): 1011-1023. (Sept 1963).
| ⓘ 'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'|
Description: 'Olivine-hypersthene' meteorite (original classification) w. hypersthene a slightly dated term for a variety of orthopyroxene.
Reference: Graham, A. L., Bevan, A. W. R. & Hutchison, B. (1985) Catalogue of Meteorites (4/e). University of Arizona Press: Tucson.
| ⓘ Troilite|
Reference: Bryhni, I. (2002): Norske meteoritter. Stein. 29 (4): 20-24
List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification
|Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts|
|Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.|
List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification
|Group 2 - SULFIDES|
|AmXp, with m:p = 1:1|
|Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.|
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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|Neoproterozoic - Paleoproterozoic|
541 - 2500 Ma
|Proterozoic I gneiss|
Age: Proterozoic (541 - 2500 Ma)
Description: undifferentiated metamorphic
Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3.