17.89g Sariçiçek I Howardite HED Achondrite Witnessed Meteorite Fall
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Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes, confirmed fall
Year fell: 2015
Mass: 15.24 kg
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|Comments:||Approved 22 Feb 2016|
Writeup from MB 105:
Sariçiçek 38°54.10’N, 40°36.01’E
Confirmed fall: 2015 Sept 2
Classification: HED achondrite (Howardite)
History: (O. Ünsalan, UIst; P. Jenniskens, SETI): A bright bolide was seen and heard in Bingol province, Turkey, and recorded on several video security cameras on 2015 Sept 2 at 20:10:30 UT. Shortly after the fireball, small meteorites were heard raining down on houses in the village of Saricicek. The next morning, people found pea-sized meteorites on the street and in yards. Tuğçe Özduman of the police in Bingöl supplied the first video data from traffic cameras in Bitlis, a neighboring city. Dedicated searches were done by Iskender Demirkol, Ibrahim Yasin Erdoğan, Aydın Sükrü Bengü and Vedat Avci of Bingol University. The 27 g meteorite analyzed here was found by Mehmet Nezir Ergün of Sariçiçek the morning of September 4.
Physical characteristics: (O. Ünsalan, UIst; P. Jenniskens, SETI): The meteorite is fully crusted and has a shiny, light-brown crust. The shape is irregular and rounded, indicative of high altitude fragmentation and ongoing breakup until just before deceleration.
Petrography: (M. Zolensky, JSC): Petrographically heterogeneous rock consisting of lithic and mineral clasts in a fine-grained matrix of crushed material. The matrix consists of high-Ca pyroxene (probably clinopyroxene) from the eucritic component, low-Ca pyroxene (probably orthopyroxene) from the diogenitic component, plagioclase, silica, kamacite, troilite, chromite, ilmenite and rare olivine. Clino- and orthopyroxene are present in approximately equal amounts. Single mineral grains and clasts of orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, plagioclase, and rare olivine, all to a maximum size of 1 mm. Crystals of clinopyroxene frequently contain exsolution lamellae of orthopyroxene, in which both phases can contain oriented chromite inclusions. Three types of rock clasts are distinguished: (1) Clasts consisting plagioclase and silica, the former containing inclusions of chromite and ilmenite, and the latter containing blebs of troilite; (2) clasts consisting of an intergrowth of plagioclase and silica, with both phases hosting large blebs of troilite; (3) ophitic to subophitic basalt clasts consisting of an intergrowth of plagioclase laths and zoned clinopyroxene, in some cases with troilite blebs situated along the boundaries of the plagioclase crystal laths. Eucritic material appears to be more abundant than the diogenitic component. Single mineral grains and clasts show different degrees of shock deformation, including irregular fractures and folded pyroxene lamellae, and a significant fraction of the finest grained matrix appears to be poorly crystalline. Near the fusion crust melted troilite has been injected into cracks in silicates.
Geochemistry: (M. Zolensky, JSC): The matrix consists of high-Ca pyroxene (probably clinopyroxene) Fs50±18Wo26±20, FeO/MnO= 21.0-45.9, N=29, from the eucritic component, low-Ca pyroxene (probably orthopyroxene) with Fs28±6Wo2±1, FeO/MnO = 31.1-36.7, n=23 from the diogenitic component and Fs53±19Wo3±3; plagioclase, An83.5-89.6Or0.2-4.0; olivine, Fa18-21, FeO/MnO= 30.1-43.1, average Fa80, PMD=1.6%, N=4. Single mineral grains and clasts: orthopyroxene, Fs22-70Wo1-2; clinopyroxene, Fs28-60Wo6-36, some compositionally zoned; plagioclase, An85.5-89.6Or0.2-0.6; olivine, Fa21. Basaltic clasts: plagioclase, An85Or1; clinopyroxene, Fs33-55Wo6-12.
Classification (M. Zolensky, JSC): Howardite
Specimens: 27 g sample #SC24 at UIst. 27 g sample #SC12, described above, with P. Jenniskens. A list of other finds is maintained at http://turk-met.net/saricicek-meteoritleri/. Small meteorites are at the UIst, Department of Physics (Ozan Ünsulan). A small collection of meteorites is at Bingol University (Iskender Demirkol).
JSC: Mailcode XI, 2101 NASA Parkway, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX 77058, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 28 Jul 2022)
SETI: SETI Institute, Carl Sagan Center, 189 Bernardo Avenue, Mountain View, California 94043, United States (institutional address; updated 22 May 2012)
UIst: University of Istanbul, Engineering Faculty, Department of Geological Engineering, Avcilar-Istanbul-Turkey, Turkey (institutional address; updated 12 Nov 2015)
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