Characterization of the matrix and fusion crust of the recent meteorite fall Ozerki L6

A. A. Maksimova, E. V. Petrova, A. V. Chukin, M. S. Karabanalov, I. Felner, M. Gritsevich, M. I. Oshtrakh

First published: 25 December 2019


“We studied the interior and the fusion crust of the recently recovered Ozerki L6 meteorite using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy, X‐ray diffraction (XRD), magnetization measurements, and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The phase composition of the interior and of the fusion crust was determined by means of SEM, XRD, and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The unit cell parameters for silicate crystals were evaluated from the X‐ray diffractograms and were found the same for the interior and the fusion crust. Magnetization measurements revealed a decrease of the saturation magnetic moment in the fusion crust due to a decrease of Fe‐Ni‐Co alloy content. Both XRD and Mössbauer spectroscopy show the presence of magnesioferrite in the fusion crust. The temperatures of cation equilibrium distribution between the M1 and M2 sites in silicates calculated using the data obtained from XRD and Mössbauer spectroscopy appeared to be in a good consistency: 553 and 479 K for olivine and 1213 and 1202 K for orthopyroxene.”