Meteorites found on Misfits Flat dry lake, Nevada

Scott Harlan, Peter Jenniskens, Michael E. Zolensky, Qing Zhu Yin, Kenneth L. Verosub, Douglas J. Rowland, Matthew Sanborn, Magdalena Huyskens, Emily R. Creager, A. J Timothy Jull

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Meteorites have been found on the small Misfits Flat dry lakebed near Stagecoach, Nevada (119.382W, +39.348N). Since the first find on Sept. 22, 2013, a total of 58 stones of weathering stage W2/3 with a combined mass of 339 g have been collected in 19 visits to the area. This small (3.3 × 3.6 km) lakebed is now a newly designated dense collection area (DCA). Most meteorites were found in a small 350 × 180 m area along the north shore and most are fragments of several broken individual stones. Three of these fragments were classified as an LL4/5 of shock stage S2, now named Misfits Flat 001, one of which (stone MF33) fell 8.1 ± 1.3 ka ago based on the 14C terrestrial age, assuming it came from a 20-80 cm diameter meteoroid. In addition, a small darkly crusted meteorite MF34, now named Misfits Flat 002, was found 820 m WSW from the main mass. This meteorite is classified as an LL5 ordinary chondrite with shock stage S4/5. The meteorite is saturated in 14C at 63 dpm kg-1, suggesting it originated from the center of a 0.5 m diameter meteoroid, or deep inside a ~1.0 m meteoroid, less than 300 yr ago. Accounts exist of a fireball seen at 13:15 UT on March 2, 1895, that are consistent with the find location of Misfits Flat 002.

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JournalMeteoritics and Planetary Science
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Harlan, S., Jenniskens, P., Zolensky, M. E., Yin, Q. Z., Verosub, K. L., Rowland, D. J., ... Jull, A. J. T. (Accepted/In press). Meteorites found on Misfits Flat dry lake, Nevada. Meteoritics and Planetary Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.12619

Meteorites found on Misfits Flat dry lake, Nevada. / Harlan, Scott; Jenniskens, Peter; Zolensky, Michael E.; Yin, Qing Zhu; Verosub, Kenneth L.; Rowland, Douglas J.; Sanborn, Matthew; Huyskens, Magdalena; Creager, Emily R.; Jull, A. J Timothy.

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Harlan, S, Jenniskens, P, Zolensky, ME, Yin, QZ, Verosub, KL, Rowland, DJ, Sanborn, M, Huyskens, M, Creager, ER & Jull, AJT 2016, 'Meteorites found on Misfits Flat dry lake, Nevada', Meteoritics and Planetary Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.12619
Harlan S, Jenniskens P, Zolensky ME, Yin QZ, Verosub KL, Rowland DJ et al. Meteorites found on Misfits Flat dry lake, Nevada. Meteoritics and Planetary Science. 2016. https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.12619
Harlan, Scott ; Jenniskens, Peter ; Zolensky, Michael E. ; Yin, Qing Zhu ; Verosub, Kenneth L. ; Rowland, Douglas J. ; Sanborn, Matthew ; Huyskens, Magdalena ; Creager, Emily R. ; Jull, A. J Timothy. / Meteorites found on Misfits Flat dry lake, Nevada. In: Meteoritics and Planetary Science. 2016.
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