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Valdinizza meteorite, Val di Nizza, Staffora Valley, Pavia Province, Lombardy, Italyi
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Valdinizza meteoriteMeteorite Fall Location
Val di Nizza- not defined -
Staffora ValleyValley
Pavia ProvinceProvince
LombardyRegion
ItalyCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
44° 52' 0'' North , 9° 8' 59'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Meteorite Class:
Meteoritical Society Class:
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Casa Ponte193 (2014)1.7km
Solaro13,409 (2011)2.3km
Sagliano143 (2014)3.2km
Sant'Albano238 (2014)3.9km
Ponte Nizza256 (2014)4.5km
Name(s) in local language(s):
Meteorite di Valdinizza, Val di Nizza, Valle Staffora, Provincia di Pavia, Lombardia, Italia


Official name: Valdinizza
Synonymes: Val di Nizza, Valnizza, Sant'Albano, San Albano, Varzi, Pavia
Observed fall: yes
Fall: 1903, July 12, 10:00 hrs
Coordinates (Catalogue of Meteorites): 44°52'N, 9°9'E
Approx. recovered weight: 1004 g
Chondrite, type L6

The Valdinizza meteorite was seen to fall after detonations on July 12, 1903, at about 10:00 a.m., west of the village of Sant'Albano, Val di Nizza. Meli (1906 and 1908) described the circumstances of the recovery of two stones: one weighed 131.55 g, the other 872.44 g. The largest portion of the smaller individual is preserved at the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milan, Italy; the larger individual was purchased by S.H. Perry from R. Palumbo in Rome in 1947 and is preserved at the United States National Museum, Washington, D.C.

This meteorite, classified by Hey (1966) as an intermediate olivine-hypersthene chondrite and by van Schums & Wood (1967) as a L6 chondrite, mostly consists of silicates, i.e. ferroan forsterite (Fa25), ferroan enstatite (Fs23), plagioclase (An10), and maskelynite. The grains of opaque components are made of troilite, kamacite, taenite, chromite, and ilmenite. Its structure shows evidence of a period of high-temperature recrystallisation; interesting features of schock-metamorphism are notable, the microtexture deformations suggesting a high level of stress.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

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8 valid minerals.

Meteorite/Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

Albite
Formula: Na(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Levi-Donati, G. R., Jarosewich, E. (1971) The Valdinizza meteorite: mineralogy, chemistry and microtextures. Meteoritics, 6, 1, 1-14.
Chromite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Reference: Levi-Donati, G. R., Jarosewich, E. (1971) The Valdinizza meteorite: mineralogy, chemistry and microtextures. Meteoritics, 6, 1, 1-14.
Enstatite
Formula: MgSiO3
Reference: Levi-Donati, G. R., Jarosewich, E. (1971) The Valdinizza meteorite: mineralogy, chemistry and microtextures. Meteoritics, 6, 1, 1-14.
Forsterite
Formula: Mg2SiO4
Reference: Levi-Donati, G. R., Jarosewich, E. (1971) The Valdinizza meteorite: mineralogy, chemistry and microtextures. Meteoritics, 6, 1, 1-14.
Ilmenite
Formula: Fe2+TiO3
Reference: Levi-Donati, G. R., Jarosewich, E. (1971) The Valdinizza meteorite: mineralogy, chemistry and microtextures. Meteoritics, 6, 1, 1-14.
Iron
Formula: Fe
Reference: Levi-Donati, G. R., Jarosewich, E. (1971) The Valdinizza meteorite: mineralogy, chemistry and microtextures. Meteoritics, 6, 1, 1-14.
Iron var: Kamacite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)
Reference: Levi-Donati, G. R., Jarosewich, E. (1971) The Valdinizza meteorite: mineralogy, chemistry and microtextures. Meteoritics, 6, 1, 1-14.
'Maskelynite'
Reference: Levi-Donati, G. R., Jarosewich, E. (1971) The Valdinizza meteorite: mineralogy, chemistry and microtextures. Meteoritics, 6, 1, 1-14.
Taenite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)
Reference: Levi-Donati, G. R., Jarosewich, E. (1971) The Valdinizza meteorite: mineralogy, chemistry and microtextures. Meteoritics, 6, 1, 1-14.
Troilite
Formula: FeS
Reference: Levi-Donati, G. R., Jarosewich, E. (1971) The Valdinizza meteorite: mineralogy, chemistry and microtextures. Meteoritics, 6, 1, 1-14.

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)
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Troilite2.CC.10FeS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Chromite4.BB.05Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Ilmenite4.CB.05Fe2+TiO3
Group 9 - Silicates
Albite9.FA.35Na(AlSi3O8)
Enstatite9.DA.05MgSiO3
Forsterite9.AC.05Mg2SiO4
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Maskelynite'-

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)
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Troilite2.8.9.1FeS
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Ilmenite4.3.5.1Fe2+TiO3
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Chromite7.2.3.3Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with all cations in octahedral [6] coordination
Forsterite51.3.1.2Mg2SiO4
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=2
Enstatite65.1.2.1MgSiO3
Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
Al-Si Framework with Al-Si frameworks
Albite76.1.3.1Na(AlSi3O8)
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Iron-Fe
'Maskelynite'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

OOxygen
O ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
O IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
O AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
O ForsteriteMg2SiO4
O EnstatiteMgSiO3
NaSodium
Na AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
MgMagnesium
Mg ForsteriteMg2SiO4
Mg EnstatiteMgSiO3
AlAluminium
Al AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
SiSilicon
Si AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Si ForsteriteMg2SiO4
Si EnstatiteMgSiO3
SSulfur
S TroiliteFeS
TiTitanium
Ti IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
CrChromium
Cr ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
FeIron
Fe TroiliteFeS
Fe ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
Fe IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
Fe Taenite(Fe,Ni)
Fe Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)
Fe IronFe
NiNickel
Ni Taenite(Fe,Ni)
Ni Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)

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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Oligocene - Eocene
23.03 - 56 Ma



ID: 3157702
Eocene sandstone

Age: Paleogene (23.03 - 56 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{sandstone}, Minor{claystone,marlstone,limestone}

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]

Cretaceous
66 - 145 Ma



ID: 3186389
Mesozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Cretaceous (66 - 145 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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Meli, R. (1906) Sopra una meteorite caduta in Valdinizza nella provincia di Pavia. Boll. Soc. Geol. Ital., 25, 3, 887-899.
Meli, R. (1908) Sopra un'altra meteorite caduta a Sant'Albano in Valdinizza nella provincia di Pavia. Boll. Soc. Geol. Ital., 27, cxxxv-cxxxvi.
Hey, M.H. (1966) Catalogue of meteorites. 3rd Edition. Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History), London, 637 pp.
Van Schums, W.R., Wood, J.A. (1967) A chemical-petrological classification for the chondritic meteorites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 31, 5, 747-765.
Levi-Donati, G.R., Jarosewich, E. (1971) The Valdinizza meteorite: mineralogy, chemistry and microtextures. Meteoritics, 6, 1, 1-14.
Levi-Donati, G.R. (1971) Aspetti shock metamorfici di una condrite L. Rendiconti della Società Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia, 27, 187-204.
Schultz, L., Kruse, H. (1989) Helium, neon, and argon in meteorites - a data compilation. Meteoritics, 24, 155-172.


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