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Oterøy meteorite, Oterøy, Kragerø Archipelago, Kragerø, Telemark, Norwayi
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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
GeoHash:G#: u4qycxn1g
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
Nearest Settlements:
Kragerø5,158 (2016)8.8km
Kil901 (2013)15.3km
Herre1,356 (2013)24.7km
Risør4,475 (2016)26.2km
Langangen505 (2014)26.7km
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.

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'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.
Formula: FeS
Reference: Bryhni, I. (2002): Norske meteoritter. Stein. 29 (4): 20-24

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'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
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AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
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S TroiliteFeS
Fe TroiliteFeS

Regional Geology

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

ID: 3130411
Proterozoic I gneiss

Age: Proterozoic (541 - 2500 Ma)

Description: undifferentiated metamorphic

Lithology: Major:{gneiss}, Minor{migmatite/anatexite,meta-granite}

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. [147]

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Mason, B. (1963) Olivine in ordinary chondrites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 27 (9): 1011-1023. (Sept 1963).
Griffin, W.L. (1974) Meteorite material in the Mineralogisk-Geologisk Museum, Oslo. Meteoritics 9(2):157-171. (June 1974).
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.
Bryhni, I. (2002): Norske meteoritter. Stein. 29 (4): 20-24

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