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The Xining (L5) meteorite fell in Qinghai, China, on the 11th February, 2012.
A total mass of 100 kg was recovered.

36 51' 36"N, 101 25' 34"E



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On February 11, 2012, a large meteor blazed across the sky over the mountains of rural China. This meteorite exploded in flight and the fragments showered across the remote mountainous region of Huangzhong County in Qinghai Province China.
Early recovered pieces of the fall show pristine black fusion crust in patches and the broken exposed matrix is virgin grey with shock veins and tiny flecks of metal. Later recovered specimens are starting oxidize in the snow. This meteorite is likely an L5 or L6 chondrite based on appearance and examination by local finders and authorities.

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On February 11, 2012 a meteorite shower was witnessed in the Huangzhong County, Qinghai Province, China, . 4 stones were recovered, with the biggest one landing on a mountain top, weighing 12.5Kg; the other 3 pieces were all broken when impacting the ground. The strewn field is in a mountainous region, at an average altitude over 2700 meters.
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Xining 3651'35.7"N, 10125'33.70"E
QingHai, China
Fell: 11 Feb 2012
Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5)
History: On February 11, 2012, at 13:30-14:00, the villagers of Xining heard a loud noise. Shortly thereafter villagers recovered around 10 stones in Huangzhong county, Xining city of Qinghai Province. Miao Buikui and Liu Xijun, GUT, heard the news of the fall and visited the fall site. The total weight of the fall is more than 100 kg. The largest meteorite is 17.3 kg and second is 12.5 kg. The two meteorites were bought from the villagers by meteorite lovers. The meteorite fall area is a ellipse including the villages of Baina, Small Sigou, Yehong, Heergai, and Baiya. The area is 20-30 km in length and 4-5 km in width oriented NNE, centered at 3651'35.77"N, 10125'33.70"E.
Physical characteristics: Most stones have a similar appearance with a blocky shape: corners are not well-rounded. Where orientation is present, it is poorly developed. Many stones covered by a velvety fusion crust up to 1.0 mm thick. Interior is primarily white or grayish. A few tiny metal-troilite nodules and sparse shock veining. None of the stones show signs of rusting.

Source Meteoritical Bulletin 102



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11th February 2012

The newspaper News of Shenzhen in Chinese today announced, that in the Chinese province of Qinghai was a strong meteor shower, during which on the land fell a several dozen meteorites, the largest of which reached a weight of 12.5 kg.
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