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Jelica meteorite, Jelica, Čačak (Caßak; Zazach), Moravica District, Serbia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 43° 49' 59'' North , 20° 26' 30'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 43.83333,20.44167
Non-native locality type:Meteorite
Meteorite Class:LL6 chondrite meteorite
Meteoritical Society Class: LL6
Metbull:View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

Ordinary Chondrite, brecciated (LL6,br; S3)
Fall, 1 December 1889; 34 kg

After light and detonations, a shower of stones fell over an 8 km x 5 km area, the largest ~8.5 kg. Olivine composition (Fa32.3) is characteristic of the LL (very low total iron) group of ordinary chondrites. Some unusual inclusions and various opaques have been the subject of detailed inquiry. Mineralogically the meteorite consists primarily of dominant olivine and orthopyroxene plus minor albitic plagioclase, troilite, and Fe-Ni metal. Accessory chromite, ilmenite, phosphates and other minor opaques are found in lesser amounts. Fe-Ni metal contains both tetrataenite (Ni ≥ ~50 wt%) and wairauite (30 wt% Co) as well as the usual kamacite and taenite. A cosmic ray exposure age of ~26.2 Ma has been reported.

The LL ordinary chondrites (relatively very low in bulk iron) represent ~ 10% of all meteorite falls. At the beginning of 2017, Jelica was the 5th most massive of the 43 witnessed falls classified exactly as an 'LL6' chondrite.

During the last century moderately large specimens were preserved (and, presumably, are still preserved) at the Natural History Museum in Belgrade and the Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest.

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Losanitsch, S. M. (1892): Analyse des Meteoriten von Jelica. Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft 25, 876-880.
Farrington, O. C. (1915) Meteorites, Their Structure, Composition, and Terrestrial Relations. The Lakeside Press, R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company: Chicago.
Van Schmus, W.R. & Ribbe, P.H. (1968) The composition and structural state of feldspar from chondritic meteorites: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 32(12): 1327-1342. (Dec 1968).
Ramdohr, P. (1973). The Opaque Minerals in Stony Meteorites. Elsevier Publishing Company: Amsterdam; London: New York. 245 pages.
Sears, D.W. & Axon, H.J. (1975) Metal of high Co content in LL Chondrites. Meteoritics 11(2): 97-100. (June 1975).
Fodor, R.V. & K. Keil (1975) Implications of poikilitic textures in LL-group chondrites. Meteoritics 10 (4): 325-339. (Dec. 1975).
Brearley, A.J. & Jones, R.H. (1998) Chondritic Meteorites. In: Planetary Materials, Chapter 3; Papike, J.J.-Ed.: Mineralogical Society of America: Washington, DC, USA. 398 pages.
Grady, M.M. (2000). Catalogue of Meteorites (5/e). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge; New York; Oakleigh; Madrid; Cape Town. 689 pages.

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