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Coorara

Coorara is an L6 chondrite found in 1966 north of Haig, Western Australia. It was within veinlets in this meteorite that the mineral majorite was first identified, in 1970 (Smith & Mason, Science). Majorite is a purple high-pressure garnet with a hardness of 7 – 7 ½. In Coorara, and other chondrite meteorites, it occurs as micrometre-sized brownish grains that were likely formed from olivine and pyroxene during high-pressure events such as asteroidal collisions.