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Shallowater meteorite, Lubbock Co., Texas, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 33° 42' 0'' North , 101° 55' 59'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 33.70000,-101.93333
Non-native locality type:Meteorite
Meteorite Class:Aubrite meteorite
Meteoritical Society Class: Aubrite
Metbull:View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate

A 4.65 kg. meteorite (aubrite) found in 1936.

Shallowater is the only known unbrecciated, igneous aubrite. It is a coarse-grained orthopyroxenite consisting of (in vol%) poikilitic orthoenstatite crystals (80 vol%) up to 4.5 cm in size which contain, as inclusions and in the interstices, xenoliths of an assemblage of twinned low-Ca clinoenstatite (1), forsterite (2.9 vol%), plagioclase (2.5 vol%), metallic Fe,Ni (3.3), troilite (2.9), schreibersite (0.4), weathered opaques (8 vol%), and traces of niningerite and oldhamite.

A number of mineralogical peculiarities have led Klaus Keil and others to suggest that Shallowater's parent body was different from the parent body of the other aubrite falls.

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Foshag, William F. (1940). The Shallowater Meteorite, A New Aubrite. American Mineralogist: 25: 779-786.
Ramdohr, P. (1973). The Opaque Minerals in Stony Meteorites. Elsevier Publishing Company: Amsterdam; London: New York.
Keil, Klaus, Th. Ntaflos, G. J. Taylor, A. J. Brearley, H. E. Newsom, A. D. Romig Jr. (1989). The Shallowater aubrite: Evidence for origin by planetesimal impacts. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta: 53(12): 3291–3307. (December 1989).
Grady, Monica M. (2000). Catalogue of Meteorites (5/e). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, New York, Oakleigh, Madrid, Cape Town. 690 pages.

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