Abee Meteorite Thin Section
4x/0.25, A35140U CCD 14MP, breccia, enstatite, named fall, polarized, scope2, zerene stacker

Abee Meteorite Thin Section

Abee Meteorite Thin Section

Abee Meteorite Thin Section

Abee Meteorite thin section specimen. The photos were taken under blue cross polarized light. Abee is an example of the enstatite chondrite class of meteorites. The E Type chondrites are know for their reduced state and contain very little oxidized iron. Instead the iron is either metallic or joined with sulfur. They are mostly composed of their namesake magnesium rich orthopyroxene silicate mineral, enstatite. For more information see page 115 in Norton’s The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites.

Picture of Abee main mass with additional information.

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Limerick Meteorite Thin Section
4x/0.25, A35140U CCD 14MP, named fall, ordinary chondrite, polarized, scope2, zerene stacker

Limerick Meteorite Thin Section

Limerick Meteorite Thin Section

Limerick Meteorite Thin Section

Thin section specimen of the Limerick Meteorite in cross polarized light. The meteor was observed on September 10, 1813 and the meteorite recovered shortly after the event. Limerick is classed as a type 5 high iron ordinary chondrite.

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A35140U CCD 14MP, chondrite, northwest africa, polarized, scope2

NWA 5205 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 5205 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 5205 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 5205 provides a unique glimpse at conditions present in the early solar nebula. If you look closely at the chondrules you can see many deformed ones. Here is a link to an informative paper written by Knut Metzler about NWA 5205. This paper investigates these deformed chondrules, along with other unique properties, and suggests that rapid cooling occurred while the chondrules were in the process of accretion.

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