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Portales Valley   contributed by Matthias Baermann   MetBul Link

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Photos courtesy of Gregor Pacer.  
164 grams. 140 x 100 x 4 mm.   H6

TKW 71.4 kg. Observed fall 13 June 1998, Roosevelt County, New Mexico, USA.

From the MetBul:
After detonations were heard and smoky trails seen in the sky, a shower of meteorites landed near Portales, New Mexico. 53 objects have been recovered, with a total mass of 71.4 kg. The largest pieces weighed 16.5 kg (witnessed to fall by Nelda Wallace and Fred Stafford), 17.0 kg (found by Elton Brown), and at least nine others over 1 kg. A 530 g fragment went through the roof of Gayle Newberry's barn and embedded itself in a wall, indicating a trajectory west to east. The elliptical strewn field is approximately 7.7 x 2 km, trending N6065E, although recent reports may extend this somewhat.


Matthias writes:
Full slice, showing fresh fusion crust all around. One side rough with traces of the sawing process. Other side polished. (I thought about etching but am really not sure ...)

The only meteorite classified as H IMB (metallic melt breccia). Other suggestions for classification over the years: H6; Silicate-rich iron; primitive Achondrite.

The research on this meteorite continues to this today. Obviously, shock played an important role for the creation of the iron melt flows.

PV is also a so called "hammer-stone" - one mass hit a house, penetrated the wall and got stuck in the opposing inner wall, giving so indication for the flight direction of the meteor.
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Found at the arrow (green or red) on the map below


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 10/26/2019 6:50:51 PM
Thanks so much for your comments, dear friends. This is, as i guess, a quite rare example of such an extraorinary fall & classiftion. Without any doubt it deserves awareness. My very best - Matthias
Phil M.
 10/26/2019 5:13:17 PM
Very nice. Congrats on such a fine specimen.
A. Jonikas
 10/26/2019 12:20:20 PM
Stunning example! Thanks for sharing!
Twink Monrad
 10/26/2019 7:23:43 AM
I remember being envious of some of my hunting friends heading over there at that time! What an interesting fall that was.

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