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2021 Fall Date Project

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7.19 kg.   Iron, IIAB

TKW 7.19 kg. Fall not observed. Found 1978 in Antarctica.


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AMN writes:
Macroscopic Description:
The B surface of this 24 x 22 x 9.5 cm specimen was in contact with the ice at the time of recovery. The B surface is irregular; an area ~5 cm long and 1.5 cm wide is ropy in appearance and has higher relief than the surrounding metal, which is probably due to preferential weathering of this material (schreibersite?). The T surface has many regmaglypts, some of the deeper of which are stained by hydrous iron oxides. The S surface is partially covered with a yellowish-brown evaporate deposit. The S side of the sample is thicker than the N edge, thus resulting in an overall wedge shape for the specimen.

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Bernd Pauli
 8/1/2021 5:42:46 AM
MARVIN U.B. and MASON B. (1982) Catalog of Meteorites from Victoria Land, Antarctica, 1978-1980 (Smithsonian Contributions 24, p. 54): ... a roughly fan-shaped specimen with a smooth bottom surface that had been in contact with the ground and a highly irregular and sculptured upper surface. Depressions in the upper surface resemble regmaglypts but may be corrosion pits. Large schreibersites protrude from both surfaces. Part of the bottom is covered with light-colored and fresh-appearing corrosion products.

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