The Myrtle Springs meteorite: A chondrite (H4) from South Australia

M. Zbik, A. Pring

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A single stone of 52.99 g was found 30 km west of the Old Myrtle Springs homestead on the Lake Torrens Plains, (30° 27′ 13.8″ S, 137° 59′ 24.6″ E). The chondrules in the meteorite are well defined and the dark matrix consists of fine olivine and pyroxene grains. Olivine (Fa 17.2 ± 0.6), orthopyroxene (Fs 15.7 ± 0.7Wo1.8+0.8), clinopyroxene (Wo 22 ±2.0Fs14 ± 1.0), troilite and chromite are present. Radial pyroxene chondrules, porphyritic pyroxene chondrules, granular olivine-pyroxene porphyritic and olivine-pyroxene chondrules are abundant in the meteorite. Cryptocrystalline pyroxene chondrules and pyroxene-olivine chondrules are rare. Based on texture and mineral chemistry, the Myrtle Springs meteorite is classified as an H4 chondrite of shock stage S1-2, weathering grade W4.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-36
Number of pages4
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of South Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Chondrite
  • Meteorite
  • Myrtle Springs


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