Lunar Meteorite

Calcalong Creek

Western Australia



Calcalong Creek -  a cross section through the whole stone.

(photo credit: David Kring)


calcalong_c Jim Strope.JPG

Close-up of a sawn slice, probably about 1 cm in longest dimension. Note the vesicular fusion crust along the upper left edge. The meteorite is a regolith breccia. Note that the clasts (1) come in all sizes and a variety of gray shades, (2) they are not rounded like beach pebbles, and (3) there is no layering.

(photo credit: Jim Strope)



Photomicrograph of a thin section (field of view: 1.1 cm across). Most of the clasts are grains of plagioclase and pyroxene.

(photo credit: Dolores Hill; figure 1a from Hill & Boynton, 2003)





Views of two sides of a small sample of Calcalong Creek. The vesicular fusion crust is visible in the photo on the left. The tick marks are spaced at 1-mm intervals. Click on image for enlargement.

(photo credit: Randy Korotev)



from The Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 71, Meteoritics 26, 255-262 (1991)

Calcalong Creek

Wiluna District, Western Australia, Australia
Found: after 1960
Mass: 19 g

Lunar meteorite


A stone of 19 g was found by an Aborigine meteorite hunter in the Millbillillie strewnfield. It has a complete fusion crust, the interior shows a microbreccia with white angular clasts in a dark matrix (impact melt breccia, calculated from the bulk analysis: 50% anorthosite, 20% KREEP, 15% Luna- 16 type low-Ti mare basalt and 15% Sc-Cr-V components). Information and analysis, Fe/Mn = 73-78, KREEP pattern of REE, Dolores H. Hill, Lunar Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ 85726, USA. See also, D. H. Hill, W. V. Boynton and R. A. Haag, Nature, 1991, in press. The main mass is with Robert Haag, P. O. Box 27527, Tucson, AZ 85726, USA.


Randy Says…

It's compositionally distinct from Lynch 002, the only other lunar meteorite from Australia, but similarly rich in incompatible elements like Th.  The two Australian lunar meteorites were found 859 km apart.



More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database


Calcalong Creek



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: Randy L. Korotev
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Washington University in St. Louis

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