Magnetic properties of the Chelyabinsk meteorite: Preliminary results

N. S. Bezaeva, D. D. Badyukov, M. A. Nazarov, P. Rochette, J. Feinberg

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This paper presents the distribution of magnetic susceptibility, χ0, in fragments of the Chelyabinsk ordinary chondrite (LL5, S4, W0, fall of February 15, 2013) from the collection of the Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, and results obtained by standard magnetic techniques for the meteorite material, including thermomagnetic analysis, measurements of natural remanent magnetization (NRM) and saturation isothermal remanent magnetization (SIRM), as well as the spectra of their alternating field demagnetization at amplitudes up to 170 mT, measurements of hysteresis loops and back-field remanence demagnetization curves at temperatures from 10 K to 700°C etc. The mean logχ0 values for the light-colored (main) lithology of the meteorite material and impact-melt breccia from our collection are 4.54 ± 0.10 (n = 66) and 4.65 ± 0.09 (n = 38) (×10-9 m3/kg), respectively. According to international magnetic classification of meteorites, Chelyabinsk falls within the range of LL5 chondrites. The mean metal content was estimated from the saturation magnetization, M s, of the light- and dark-colored lithologies as 3.7 and 4.1 wt %, respectively. Hence, the dark lithology is richer in metal. The metal grains are multidomain at room temperature and show low coercive force, B c (<2 mT) and remanent coercive force, B cr (15-23 mT). The thermomagnetic analyses of the samples showed that the magnetic properties of the Chelyabinsk meteorite are controlled mainly by taenite and kamacite at temperatures >75 K. In the temperature range below 75 K, magnetic properties are controlled by chromite; the magnetic hardness of the samples is maximal at 10 K and equals to 606 and 157 mT for the light- and dark-colored lithologies, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)568-574
Number of pages7
JournalGeochemistry International
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2013

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by Program 22 of the Pre sidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences and IRM Visiting Fellowship.


  • Chelyabinsk meteorite
  • magnetic properties
  • ordinary chondrites


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