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Hocheppan meteorite, Appiano sulla Strada del Vino (Eppan an der Weinstraße), Adige Valley (Etsch Valley), Bolzano-Alto Adige Autonomous Province, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italyi
Regional Level Types
Hocheppan meteoriteMeteorite Fall Location
Appiano sulla Strada del Vino (Eppan an der Weinstraße)- not defined -
Adige Valley (Etsch Valley)Valley
Bolzano-Alto Adige Autonomous ProvinceAutonomous Province
Trentino-Alto AdigeAutonomous Region

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Name(s) in local language(s):Meteorite di Hocheppan (Meteorite di Castel d'Appiano; Meteorit von Hocheppan), Appiano sulla Strada del Vino (Eppan an der Weinstraße), Val d'Adige (Etschtal), Bolzano (Sud Tirolo), Trentino-Alto Adige, Italia
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 46° 29' 5'' North , 11° 12' 44'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 46.48500,11.21250
GeoHash:G#: u0rbrnkdy
Locality type:Meteorite Fall Location
Meteorite Class:H5 chondrite meteorite
Meteoritical Society Class:H5
Metbull:View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Köppen climate type:Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate
Nearest Settlements:
Missiano244 (2014)3.2km
Monte126 (2014)3.3km
Andriano916 (2014)3.9km
San Paolo1,472 (2016)3.9km
Settequerce640 (2014)4.9km

Ordinary chondrite, type H5.
NOTE: Not authenticated according to a careful study by Karl Wimmer (http://karmaka.de/?page_id=14892).

It was discovered by Dieter Janek during a mountain hike on a dolomitic hillsite at Gantkofel/Monte Macaion, 2.5 km WSW of Hocheppan (Castel d'Appiano) castle on October 16, 2016. The recovered mass is 1236 g. A 20 g sample is preserved at Geologisches und Mineralogisches Museum, Institut für Geowissenschaften, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Germany.

Microscopic examination of a thin section shows dark matrix with very fine-grained groundmass and various types of chondrules of 0.1-1 mm (average 0.4 mm) in diameter. Lighter inclusions with coarser groundmass and various chondrule types of 0.3 - 1.2 mm (average 0.6 mm) are embedded in the dark matrix. Metal is homogenously distributed in both lithologies. This meteorite mainly consists of forsterite (Fa17.6±0.3), enstatite (Fs15.6±0.4Wo1.5±0.4), and kamacite.

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Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate
The Alps, EuropeMountain Range

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Formula: MgSiO3
Reference: Meteoretical Bulletin Database, https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=&sfor=names&ants=&falls=&valids=&stype=contains&lrec=50&map=ge&browse=&country=Italy&srt=name&categ=All&mblist=All&rect=&phot=&snew=0&pnt=Normal%20table&code=65676 http://karmaka.de/?page_id=14892
Formula: Mg2SiO4
Reference: Meteoritical Bulletin Database, https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=&sfor=names&ants=&falls=&valids=&stype=contains&lrec=50&map=ge&browse=&country=Italy&srt=name&categ=All&mblist=All&rect=&phot=&snew=0&pnt=Normal%20table&code=65676 http://karmaka.de/?page_id=14892
Formula: Fe
Reference: Meteoritical Bulletin Database, https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=&sfor=names&ants=&falls=&valids=&stype=contains&lrec=50&map=ge&browse=&country=Italy&srt=name&categ=All&mblist=All&rect=&phot=&snew=0&pnt=Normal%20table&code=65676 http://karmaka.de/?page_id=14892
Iron var: Kamacite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)
Reference: Meteoritical Bulletin Database, https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=&sfor=names&ants=&falls=&valids=&stype=contains&lrec=50&map=ge&browse=&country=Italy&srt=name&categ=All&mblist=All&rect=&phot=&snew=0&pnt=Normal%20table&code=65676 http://karmaka.de/?page_id=14892

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Iron ?1.AE.05Fe
var: Kamacite ?1.AE.05(Fe,Ni)
Group 9 - Silicates
Enstatite ?9.DA.05MgSiO3
Forsterite ?9.AC.05Mg2SiO4

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Metals, other than the Platinum Group
var: Kamacite ?,Ni)
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with all cations in octahedral [6] coordination
Forsterite ?
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=2
Enstatite ?
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Iron ?-Fe

List of minerals for each chemical element

O ForsteriteMg2SiO4
O EnstatiteMgSiO3
Mg ForsteriteMg2SiO4
Mg EnstatiteMgSiO3
Si ForsteriteMg2SiO4
Si EnstatiteMgSiO3
Fe Iron (var: Kamacite)(Fe,Ni)
Fe IronFe
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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Permian - Carboniferous
251.902 - 358.9 Ma

ID: 3147572
Carboniferous rhyodacite

Age: Phanerozoic (251.902 - 358.9 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{rhyodacite}, Minor{rhyolite,dacite,andesite}

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]

251.902 - 541 Ma

ID: 3187824
Paleozoic volcanic rocks

Age: Phanerozoic (251.902 - 541 Ma)

Lithology: Felsic volcanic 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]

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