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Chelyabinsk
Basic information Name: Chelyabinsk
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2013
Country: Russia
Mass:help 100 kg
Classification
  history:
Recommended:  LL5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 2766 approved meteorites classified as LL5.   [show all]
Search for other: LL chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7), LL chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites
Comments: Approved 18 Mar 2013
Writeuphelp
Writeup from MB 102:

Chelyabinsk        54°49’N, 61°07’E (approximate centroid)

Chelyabinskaya oblast’, Russia

Fell: 15 Feb 2013; 3:22 UT

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL5)

History: At 9:22 a.m. (local time) on February 15, 2013, a bright fireball was seen by numerous residents in parts of the Kurgan, Tyumen, Ekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk districts. Images of the fireball were captured by many video cameras, especially in Chelyabinsk. Residents of the Chelyabinsk district heard the sound of a large explosion. The impact wave destroyed many windows in Chelyabinsk and surrounding cities. Many people were wounded by glass fragments. A part of the roof and a wall of a zinc plant and a stadium in Chelyabinsk were also damaged. Numerous (thousands) stones fell as a shower around Pervomaiskoe, Deputatsky and Yemanzhelinka villages ~40 km S of Chelyabinsk. The meteorite pieces were recovered and collected out of snow by local people immediately after the explosion. The snow cover was about 0.7 m deep. The falling stones formed holes surrounded by firn snow. Largest stones reached the frozen soil. A stone may have broken the ice of Chebarkul Lake, located 70 km W of Chelyabinsk. Small meteorite fragments were found around the 8 m hole in the ice but divers did not find any stones on the lake bottom.

Physical characteristics: The meteorite stones and fragments are from <1 g to 1.8 kg in weight and from a few mm to 10 cm (mainly 3-6 cm) in size. The total mass collected by local people is certainly >100 kg and perhaps > 500 kg. Fusion crusted stones are common. The fusion crust is black or brown and fresh. Broken fragments are rare. The interior of the stones is fresh but in some pieces there is evidence for weak oxidation of metal grains.

Petrography: (D.D. Badyukov and M.A. Nazarov, Vernad). The majority (2/3) of the stones are composed of a light-colored lithology with a typical chondritic texture. Chondrules (~63%) are readily delineated and set within a fragmental matrix. The mean chondrule diameter is 0.93 mm. The chondrule glass is devitrified. The main phases are olivine and orthopyroxene. Olivine shows mosaicism and planar fractures. Rare grains of augite and clinobronzite are present. Small and rare feldspar grains show undulutory extinction, planar deformation features, and are partly isotropic. Troilite (4 vol.%) and FeNi metal (1.3 vol.%) occur as irregularly shaped grains. Accessory minerals are chromite, ilmenite, and Cl-apatite. A significant portion (1/3) of the stones consist of a dark, fine-grained impact melt containing mineral and chondrule fragments. Feldspar is well developed and practically isotropic. No high-pressure phases were found in the impact melt. There are black-colored thin shock veins in both light and dark lithologies.

Geochemistry: (M.A. Nazarov, N.N. Kononkova, and I.V. Kubrakova, Vernad). Mineral chemistry: Olivine Fa 27.9±0.35, N=22; orthopyroxene Fs22.8±0.8Wo1.30±0.26, N=17; feldspar Ab86; chromite Fe/Fe+Mg=0.90, Cr/Cr+Al=0.85 (at.%). Major element composition of the light lithology (XRF, ICP-AS, wt%): Si=18.3, Ti=0.053, Al=1.12, Cr=0.40, Fe=19.8, Mn=0.26, Ca=1.43, Na=0.74, K=0.11, P=0.10, Ni=1.06, Co=0.046, S=1.7. Atomic ratios of Zn/Mn × 100=1.3, Al/Mn=8.8. The impact melt lithology has almost the same composition but it is distinctly higher in Ni, Zn, Cu, Mo, Cd, W, Re, Pb, Bi (ICP-MS).

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL5), shock stage S4, weathering W0.

Specimens: About 400 stones weighing 3.5 kg in total and a few thin sections are in Vernad.

Data from:
  MB102
  Table 0
  Line 0:
State/Prov/County:Chelyabinskaya oblast'
Date:15 Feb 2013; 3:22 UT
Latitude:54°49'N
Longitude:61°07'E
Mass (g):>100 kg
Pieces:many
Class:LL5
Shock stage:S4
Weathering grade:W0
Fayalite (mol%):27.9±0.36 (N=22)
Ferrosilite (mol%):22.8±0.79 (N=17)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.3±0.26 (N=17)
Classifier:M. Nazarov, Vernad
Type spec mass (g):3500
Type spec location:Vernad
Main mass:Unknown
Comments:Submitted by M.A. Nazarov, Vernad
Institutions
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Vernad: Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russia (institutional address)
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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 102, MAPS 48, in preparation (2014)
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Geography:

Russia
Coordinates:
     Recommended::   (54° 49'N, 61° 7'E)

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 2 approved meteorites from Chelyabinskaya oblast', Russia
     This is 1 of 133 approved meteorites from Russia (plus 5 unapproved names) (plus 19 impact craters)
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