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Sylacauga meteorite (Hodges; McKinney), Sylacauga, Talladega Co., Alabama, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 33° 11' 18'' North , 86° 17' 40'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 33.18833,-86.29444
Köppen climate type:Cfa : Humid subtropical climate

Stone, Ordinary Chondrite, H4. S3 Fa 20
Fell Nov. 30, 1954 12:46 hours. Two stones were recovered with a total known mass of 5.54 kg.
One stone weighing 3.86kg went through roof of a private home, bounced off a radio console and hit Mrs. Ann Hodges left hip while she was sleeping on her couch. This was the first well documented example of a meteorite striking a person. Currently housed in the The Alabama Museum of Natural History.
The second stone weighed 1.68 kg and was recovered by Mr McKinney near his home. The coordinates are for the Hodges stone. The McKinney stone was recovered at 86 deg 17' 20"W 33 deg 13' 08"N.
Mike Jensen

Mineral List

1 valid mineral.

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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252.17 - 541 Ma

ID: 3187973
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Paleozoic (252.17 - 541 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]

Ordovician - Cambrian
443.8 - 541 Ma

ID: 2735245
Sylacauga Marble Group; Fayetteville Phyllite

Age: Paleozoic (443.8 - 541 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Fayetteville Phyllite

Description: Dusky-red and medium-gray phyllite and slate interlayered with light-brown to light-gray feldspathic metasiltstone, fine-grained metasandstone and dolomite marble.

Lithology: Major:{phyllite,slate}, Minor:{marble,metasiltstone,metasandstone}

Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052. [133]

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Swindel, G. W.; Jones, W. B. (1954) The Sylacauga, Talladega County, Alabama, Aerolite. Meteoritics vol. 1 no. 2, pp. 125-132
Povenmire, H. (1995) The Sylacauga, Alabama Meteorite: The Impact Locations, Atmosphere Trajectory, Strewn Field and Radiant. Abstracts of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, volume 26, page 1133

External Links

- Meteoritical Society's information page for this meteorite

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