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Volume 41 No. 2 – September 2018

Program News

Curator Comments

Kevin Righter, NASA-JSC

This newsletter reports samples from the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 ANSMET seasons, including the first from the most recent 2017–2018 season to the Grosvenor Mountains and Amundsen Glacier areas.

Reported here are numerous (14) HED meteorites (including several pairing groups), 3 irons, 10 carbonaceous chondrites, a low FeO ordinary chondrite, and two H3.5 chondrites. The eucrites have been assigned pairing groups as best as possible given the macroscopic, microscopic, and mineral compositional data, but should be treated with caution. Any detailed petrologic work on these pairing groups should try to verify or confirm the pairings. New slices of these meteorites might reveal previously unrecognized lithologies or textures, which would than require a revision of the pairing relations.

In addition to the newly classified samples, there are some reclassifications: a) an unusual achondrite DOM 14289 reclassified from a lodranite to a QUE 93148–like ungrouped achondrite with possible affinities with HEDs, and b) over 300 equilibrated ordinary chondrites from the Dominion Range for which our magnetic susceptibility data indicates reclassification. We also report a pairing update for LAP 031047 and LAP 03788.

Updated classification for DOM 14289:

Original classification notes:

This meteorite was examined in a thin section (,2) which contained only silicate material and a thick section (,4) dominated by metal with minor silicates and chromite. As a whole, the meteorite is metal dominated. Silicates are coarse grained, with individual grains reaching up to 3 mm. Pyroxenes exhibit approximately 2 micron scale striations of high birefringence. Chromites reach up to 1.4 mm. The metal exhibits partial swathing kamacite adjacent to silicates and chromite with plessite dominating most of the section. Metal and sulfide inclusions occur within the chromites. Compositionally, olivines are Fa12-13 and pyroxenes are Fs5Wo42-46 and Fs12Wo1. The compositions and texture suggest grouping with the lodranites. However, the metal rich nature of the sample is reminiscent of QUE 93148, which was also originally classified as a lodranite, but may be related to the HEDs or pyroxene pallasites.

Since the time of the original classification, we have obtained oxygen isotope data indicating that this sample is not a lodranite, as originally suggested, but is instead related to QUE 93148. This was also recognized in the original classification notes, and classification as related to QUE 93148 is now favored with the new oxygen data. In addition, the olivine Fe/Mn and Fe/Mg ratios of ~40 and ~0.14, respectively, are also nearly identical to those of olivine in QUE 93148 (Goodrich and Righter, 2000). We thank K. Ziegler for carrying out the oxygen isotope measurements at UNM.

DOM 14289.6 clear1.514-May-181.6823.590-0.2141
DOM 14289.6 clear1.814-May-181.7283.719-0.2361
DOM 14289.6 dark2.714-May-181.9844.184-0.2251

Recommended pairing of LAP 031047 and LAP 03788

As part of an independent study of ordinary chondrites, PI Jon Friedrich carried out a micro CT scan of LAP 03788 and found that it had a nearly identical texture to another LAP chondrite from Wittmann et al. (2011) LAP 031047. Because this texture is unique and these samples were recovered in the same field season we have decided to pair them. Below are the two respective images of slices from the CT scanning (image of LAP 03788 courtesy of J. Friedrich, Fordham Univ., and image of LAP 031047 from Wittmann et al., 2011).

LAP 031047

Wittmann, A., Kring, D. A., Friedrich, J. M., Troiano, J., Macke, R. J., Britt, D. T., Swindle, T. D., Weirich, J. R., Rumble III, D., Lasue, J., 2011, H/L chondrite LaPaz Icefield 031047 – A feather of Icarus?, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75, 6140–6159, ISSN 0016–7037, .

LAP 03788
Reclassification and magnetic susceptibility of Dominion Range samples

Magnetic susceptibility of Dominion Range (DOM) 2008 season samples has been measured and presented below, along with suggested reclassification of equilibrated ordinary chondrites, based on the approach presented in AMN 40, no. 1 (Feb. 2017). There we reported that in a study of ~60 samples from Larkman Nunatak and Dominion Range, all H chondrites had log χ
values > 4.9, and no LL chondrites had log χ values > 4.4. We have reclassified ~325 DOM 08 samples using these ranges as well.

SampleWeight (g)AMN Classification New Classification Magnetic SusceptibilityPairing GroupAMN
DOM 080011305.4Euc Brec-3.4733,1
DOM 08002173.22LL (Imp Melt)-3.8633,1
DOM 08003108.98CM2-3.2733,1
DOM 08004294.5CO3-4.89DOM 0800432,2
DOM 0800588.76Euc Brec-3.1632,2
DOM 08006667.3CO3-4.9232,2
DOM 0800724.732H5-4.9933,1
DOM 0800827.07Euc Brec-2.833,1
DOM 0801218.55Ureilite-4.8732,2
DOM 0801328.75CM2-3.87DOM 0801032,2
DOM 0801419.613Euc Brec-2.7132,2
DOM 080171021.1L5-4.8540,1
DOM 080181447.8L6-4.8340,1
DOM 080191434.48L5-4.6340,1
DOM 080201020.6L5-4.8440,1
DOM 080211009.1L5-4.5440,1
DOM 08022825.3LL5L54.8934,1
DOM 08023834.1L6-4.5740,1
DOM 08024912.3LL6L64.7234,2
DOM 08025566.1L6-4.4440,1
DOM 08026222.48LL6L64.6834,1
DOM 08027240.58LL6-3.2934,2
DOM 08028281.72L5H55.134,2
DOM 08029227.02LL5-4.3934,2
DOM 08030255.3L5-4.8834,2
DOM 08031325.9L6-4.6640,1
DOM 08032212.4LL5L54.6234,1
DOM 08033319.7LL5L54.9934,1
DOM 0803496.897L5-4.8734,1
DOM 08035251.4LL6-4.2634,1
DOM 08036153.126LL6L64.5434,2
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DOM 0803989.83LL6-4.434,1
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DOM 08041145.774LL5L54.634,1
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DOM 0805468.21L6-4.8634,1
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DOM 0805744.239L6LL64.3134,1
DOM 0805854.151LL6-4.3634,1
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Field plan for the 2018-19 ANSMET Field Season

Ralph Harvey, Case Western Reserve University
Jim Karner, University of Utah

We’re sure most readers of this newsletter can appreciate how much planning is involved to get a typical ANSMET season underway. In many cases it can be several years between the time an icefield is targeted in a support proposal to the day that ANSMET boots first set foot on the ice. Usually the six months before a season is when the pace really picks up. Details of the needs of the field party matched to the logistical capabilities of the US Antarctic program, with several rounds of feedback gradually turning plans into achievable reality. There are other cases where logistical issues (ranging from broken airplanes to a broken US Congress) can force planning to start all over from square one with no more than a day or two’s notice. Somehow, (due to either luck, or deep forward thinking, or both) ANSMET has managed to field a team in every austral summer except one since 1976.

That's worth mentioning because for reasons too complicated to be discussed here, detailed planning for the upcoming 2018–19 season is not yet complete. Obviously we’d like everything to be set in stone, but we’re no strangers to uncertainty. So we’ll just keep pushing things as far forward as we can. Currently we plan a return to the icefields surrounding the Davis Nunataks and Mt. Ward, not surprisingly known as "Davis–Ward". Meteorites (designated DOM for the nearby Dominion Range) were first found at this site during a reconnaissance traverse through the upper Beardmore region by Bill Cassidy in 1985. In the 2003–04 season, a recon team visited the area for five days and recovered 89 meteorites, which pointed to the need for a systematic search of the area. Systematic searches in the 2008–09, 2010–11, and 2014–15 seasons yielded another 2000 meteorites. The Davis–Ward area is essentially a broad tongue of ice between two isolated mountains, which are joined by a recessional moraine (Figure 1). Meteorites have been recovered from all parts of the bare ice, but most have been found in either the 100–meter–wide trough that runs along the foot of Mt. Ward, or the moraines that outline the "mitten" (see Fig. 1). The bare ice is often heavy with terrestrial rock, so systematic sweeping can be slow-going. This year our goal is to complete search and recovery work at Davis–Ward; systematically search bare ice where it is warranted and methodically work through what remains of the unsearched moraines surrounding the icefields. If we finish early (and that’s a big if), we will make a snowmobile traverse about 20 nm north to the Main Icefield at the foot of the Dominion Range. The team would spend the rest of the season on search and recovery efforts from the icefields there.

Composite satellite image of the Davis-Ward icefields

Figure 1. Composite satellite image of the Davis–Ward icefields, with Mt. Ward to the right and Davis Nunataks to the left. The image is oriented with north toward the top. The remaining unsearched areas are about "half the fingers" and "part of the thumb" of the mitten-shaped central icefield.

Report from the Smithsonian

Cari Corrigan, Geologist (Dept. of Mineral Sci.)

Things are rolling along as usual at the Smithsonian. The Hyperprobe is still running beautifully and the SEM is back online, allowing us to use both for classification of Antarctic meteorites. We have secured the funding for two, one-year positions in the Division of Meteorites, and are looking forward to having those folks on board sometime later this fall. We have ordered new cabinets for our meteorite vault in the Museum on the Mall, which will expand our storage capability, provide more workspace and a new display case. Finally, we are very sorry to see our current post doc, Nicole Lunning, move on to the next steps in her career this fall. Nicole has been an amazing asset to our department and she will be missed.