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BRAZIL - SP
Equilibrated Ordinary Chondrite L4, Shock Stage S2, Weathering (W0).
(M. E. Zucolotto, MNRJ) The meteorite is friable and a broken surface shows protuberant well defined chondrules of distinct sizes. In thin section, the chondrules display a variety of types (RP, POP, PP, BO, PO and C). Fe-Ni grains occupy ~6 % of the area. Troilite is also present and sometimes associated with kamacite and plessite. Olivine grains show sharp extinction.
(A. Tosi, IGEO-UFRJ) Microprobe analyses show an equilibrated olivine and pyroxene composition of Olivine (Fa23.7±0.5; n=18), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs20.5±0.5Wo1.0±0.2; n=16) and kamacite (6.4±0.5 % Ni and 0.94±0.1 % Co; n=15).
The mean olivine, low-Ca pyroxene and kamacite compositions indicate that Porangaba is an L-group chondrite. The chondrules are very well defined and with homogeneous composition, although they exhibit a clear recrystallized matrix. The absence of visible plagioclase grains indicates the petrologic type 4. The rock has been weakly shocked and most of the olivine grains shows weak undulatory extinction, equivalent to shock stage S2. Metallic Fe-Ni grains show no signs of alteration, consistent with weathering grade W0. (L4, S2, W0).
M. E. Zucolotto, MNRJ and A. Tosi, IGEO-UFRJ
At about 17:35 pm (UTC) on January 9, 2015, a daylight fireball was witnessed in a large area of São Paulo, Brazil. On the same day, the submitter received an e-mail from P. Gama with a picture of a 450 g stone recovered by his employee Julio C. Silva and his son at the rural area of Porangaba. Another mass of 520 g was recovered the next day by Mr. José Maria and his nephew. In both recoveries, a loud thunder was heard which persisted for some time as rumbling noise, that also drew the attention of neighbors. Although some inhabitants heard falling objects near them and many efforts were done in order to recover other stones, only A. Moutinho has recovered additional pieces (2.9 and 3.5 g) to date.
All information that does not have a specific source was extracted from the Meteoritical Bulletin Database.
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