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Suizhou meteorite (Suizhou L6 chondrite), Xihe, Zengdu District (Cengdou District), Suizhou Prefecture, Hubei Province, China

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 31° 37' North , 113° 28' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 31.61667,113.46667
Non-native locality type:Meteorite
Köppen climate type:Cfa : Humid subtropical climate
Name(s) in local language(s):随州L6球粒陨石, 淅河镇, 曾都区, 随州市, 湖北省, 中国

L6 Chondrite.

A shower of 12 stones with a total weight of 70 kg fell on April 15, 1986, at Xihe, southeast of Suizhou City. Several shock veins have drawn considerable attention because they contain high pressure polymorphs of several minerals which are only stable at pressures found deep in the earth's mantle. These minerals include new varieties of familiar minerals [e.g., merrillite] as well as three entirely new minerals — Tuite, Wangdaodeite, Xieite — polymorphs of merrillite, ilmenite, chromite, respectively.

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25 valid minerals. 5 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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Research Group of Suizhou Meteorite (1986) A preliminary study of Suizhou (Hubei) meteorite. Earth Science - Journal of China University of Geosciences: 30(5).

Shangyue Shen, Xiaoli Zhuang (1990) Studies of opaque minerals in Suizhou meteorite, Hubei Province. Acta Mineralogica Sinica: 10(1): 52-57.

Xie, X., Chen, M., Wang, D., El Goresy, A. (2001) NaAlSi3O8-hollandite and other high-pressure minerals in the shock melt veins of the Suizhou meteorite. Chinese Science Bulletin: 46: 1116-1125.

Xie, X., Minetti, M.E., Chen, M., Mao, H., Wang, D., Shu, J., Eei, Y. (2003) Tuite, γ-Ca3(PO4)2 - A new mineral from the Suizhou L6 chondrite. European Journal of Mineralogy: 15: 1001-1005.

Xie, X., Shu, J., Chen, M. (2005) Synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction in situ study of fine-grained minerals in shock veins of Suizhou meteorite. Science in China, Series D (Earth Sciences): 48(6): 815-821.

Xie, X., Yang, H., Gu, X., Downs, R.T. (2015) Chemical composition and crystal structure of merrillite from the Suizhou meteorite: American Mineralogist 100: 2753-2756.

Chen, M., Xie, X. (2015) Shock-produced akimotoite in the Suizhou L6 chondrite. Science China Earth Sciences: 58(6): 876-880.

Xie, X., Chen, M. (2016) Mineralogy of Suizhou Shock Veins. In Suizhou Meteorite: Mineralogy and Shock Metamorphism (pp. 117-210). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Bindi, L., Chen, M., Xie, X. (2017) Discovery of the Fe-analogue of akimotoite in the shocked Suizhou L6 chondrite. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 42674.

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