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    A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE METEORITE FROM KANSAS
    LL3.7 Chondrite
    Richfield, Kansas
    Found 1983, Identified 1995

    This meteorite is truly one of the most beautiful stony meteorites from America. The matrix is a dark green color reminiscent of jade with thousands of multi-colored chondrules clearly visible, along with large white recrystallized anorthositic clasts and other dark stained silicate clasts (due to dispersion of small troilite (ferrous sulphide) blebs inside silicate grains). Numerous breccia fragments, the remains of other meteorites mixing and shock-welding during impact events, are visible across the entire surface of this slice. Thousands of tiny silvery nickel-iron and troilite grains are dispersed throughout the matrix. The chondrules show very little alteration or deformation, hence the LL3 classification. Some of the chondrules are rare "armored chondrules" which have a halo of metal, either nickel-iron or troilite (iron sulphide), around their circumference. Armored chondrules only occur in meteorites with very little alteration from their pristine primitive state, and Richfield is a rare LL3.7 petrologic grade, meaning that it contains some of the oldest unaltered matter in the Solar System like other LL3's. An excellent, very large, display-quality partial slice, measuring 110 x 97 mm (4.3 x 3.8 inches) and weighing 223.7 grams.


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    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
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