Renfrow, Oklahoma L6 Chondrite with Maskelynite, Slice, 25.3g

The Renfrow meteorite was discovered as a single large mass on an unplowed hillside on a farm in Oklahoma in 1986. The original owner gave the unusual stone away as payment for a debt. Many years later in 1995, it was recognized as a meteorite and a sample was analyzed and classified as a L6 chondrite. Unusually, this meteorite contains grains of shocked maskelynite - a glassy, high-pressure mineral that is often found in Martian meteorites. Renfrow has a characteristic black matrix that shows a lot of fresh metal fleck and occasional shock veins.

The specimen being offered here is a professionally prepared slice. It is very thick and polished on one side. It weighs 25.3 grams.

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 Renfrow :


Grant County, Oklahoma, USA

Found ca. 1986, recognized 1995

Ordinary chondrite (L6)

An 81.6 kg stone was found while terracing a previously unfarmed hillside. Mineralogy (J. Clark, ASU) and classification (A. Rubin, UCLA): olivine, Fa23.5–24.9; shock stage S5; contains 60 mm grains of maskelynite. Specimens: approximately one-half of main mass, Reed; approximately one-half of main mass, Cilz; type specimen, UCLA.

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