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Fleming meteorite, Logan Co., Colorado, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 40° 40' 59'' North , 102° 49' 0'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 40.68333,-102.81667
Non-native locality type:Meteorite
Meteorite Class:H3.7 chondrite meteorite
Meteoritical Society Class: H3.7
Metbull:View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate


Ordinary chondrite, black (H3.7,br; S3; W4)
Found, 1940; 1.75 kg

The meteorite exhibits brecciated chondritic features with several types of mostly porphyritic olivine and/or pyroxene rich chondrules (esp., PO, POP). Distinct chondrules with diameters ranging from 100 µm to 1.2 mm are observed. Variable olivine (Fa5-25;av.16.5) and lesser amounts of low Ca-clinopyroxene are characteristic of the unequilibrated H-chondrite geochemical group. Shock-darkened ('black') regions and mosaicism in olivine are indicative of moderately strong pre-terrestrial shock (level S3). Weathering is quite apparent.

A very approximate cosmic ray exposure (CRE) age of 6.0 Ma may reflect a disruptive collision involving a number of other H chondrites as more than half the measured CRE ages of H chondrites are in the 6-10 Ma range.

The H (relatively high in total iron) chondrites are the second largest group of ordinary chondrites and represent ~40% of classified witnessed falls. However, the H3 petrologic type — normally characterized by variable, (unequilibrated) olivine and pyroxene — account for only 5% or so of the total group.

The largest mass (~400 g) is now at Arizona State University's Center for Meteorite Studies.

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References

Mason, B. (1963) Olivine in ordinary chondrites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 27(9): 1011-1023. (Sept 1963).

Rubin, A. (1990) Olivine & Kamacite in Ordinary Chondrites: Intergroup and Intragroup relationships. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 54: 1217-1230.

Graf, T. & Marti, K. (1995) Collisional History of H Chondrites: Journal of Geophysical Research 100 (E10): 247-263. (Oct 1995).

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

Grady, M.M., Pratesi, G. & Moggi-Cecchi, V. (2015) Atlas of Meteorites. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, United Kingdom. 373 pages.

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