Forrest (b), Australian L6 Meteorite, Ex-Haag, Crusted Endcut, 25.6g

Forrest (b) is now an outdated name for this meteorite. The current official name is Forrest 002 because of several different finds made in the same general area.

Back in the late 1980's and into the mid 1990's, dealer Bob Haag was selling specimens of Forrest (b) before the new numbering system came into effect. Back then, there were only two known Forrest meteorites : Forrest (a) and Forrest (b). Now, as of this writing, there are 37 different Forrest meteorites - most of which represent distinctly different falls.

Forrest (b) (Forrest 002) was first found by mineral prospectors in the remote outback of western Australia. Many kilograms of fragments were recovered about 20 miles south of the Trans-Australian railway and near the small station of South Forrest. Samples were analyzed and classified as type L6 chondrites that show metal flecks, chondrules, and occasional clasts or veins. While once quite common on the small collector market, this locality is rarely seen now.

The specimen being offered here is a professionally prepared endcut with a polished face that shows an attractive mottled matrix with metal inclusions. It has some preserved fusion crust on one edge. It weighs 25.6 grams. It comes with the original Haag card.

Refer to the photos. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing the specimen shown. Your purchase will include an ID label and padded storage box.

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on Forrest 002 :


Name: FORREST (b)

Synonym: South Forrest

Place of find: About 20 miles SW. of Forrest, south of the Trans-Australian railway, Western Australia, Australia.

30°59'S., 127°53'E.

Date of find: October 1980

Class and type: Stone. Olivine-hypersthene chondrite (L6). Olivine Fa26 0, low-Ca pyroxene Fs21 9Wo1.5.

Number of individual

specimens: Not reported.

Total weight: 26 kg, approximately.

Circumstances of fall: Found during mineral prospecting on the Nullarbor Plain.

Source: W. Zeitschel, D-6450 Hanau. West Germany and A.L. Graham, Department of Mineralogy, British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, London, SW7 51313.

Note: The meteorite previously reported as Forrest. an olivine-bronzite chondrite (H5) by G.J.H. McCall and W.H. Cleverly (J. Roy. Soc. West. Austr., 1970, 53, 69) should now be referred to as Forrest (a).

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