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Saratov L4 Chondrite

On September 6, 1918, at 1500 hours UT, a brilliant fireball appeared over Ryazan, Russia. Seconds later many atmospheric detonations were heard throughout the surrounding countryside. Several stones totaling 316 kg were recovered in Belaya Gore, 52° 31'N, 46° 49'E. Saratov is classified as a stone, L4 chondrite. It is friable (crumbly) in texture and chondrule-rich (1 mm to 12 mm).

You can download a chondrule close-up (30K GIF) for a more detailed view of spherical chondrules on the surface of another L4 chondrite.

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