Lunar Meteorite - Highland Feldspathic Breccia
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Name: Northwest Africa 15368
Classification history: Lunar (frag. breccia)
Comments: Approved 12 Nov 2022
Writeup from: MB 111
Purchased: January 2021
Classification: Lunar meteorite (frag. breccia)
Place of purchase: Mali
Date: January 2021
Mass After Analysis: 16975.5g
Class: Lunar (frag. breccia)
Shock stage: high
Weathering grade: moderate
History: Found in Mali by camel shepherds in January 2021 and subsequently purchased by Ahmed Salek and sold to an anonymous collector in the US.
Physical characteristics: A single stone with a dark exterior, one side partially covered in caliche. Cut surface reveals a fragmental breccia with many lithic clasts set in a glassy dark-gray ground mass.
Petrography: (D. Dickens, NMMS and A. S. Bell, CUB) This meteorite is a clast-rich polymict breccia with subhedral lithic fragments embedded in a fine-grained groundmass. Fragmental clasts sizes range from <0.1 mm to >6 mm and are primarily comprised of plagioclase, low-Ca pyroxene, pigeonite, augite, and olivine. Minor phases include kamacite and ilmenite. This meteorite is shocked with impact melt textures present.
Geochemistry: (D. Dickens, NMMS and A. S. Bell, CUB) olivine Fa38.0±2.6, Fe/Mn=100±11.4, n=8; lo-Ca pyroxene Fs20.7±0.1,Wo4.0±0.1, Fe/Mn=54±2, n=2; pigeonite Fs30.1±5.2,Wo9.5±3.7, Fe/Mn=54±1, n=3; augite Fs16.9±1.1Wo36.5±2.8, Fe/Mn=45±1 n=2; plagioclase An95.9±3.1 Ab2.9±0.7 Or1.2±3.3, n=15.
Fe/Mn Plot for NWA 15368 Pyroxenes | Dr. A. S. Bell, CU Boulder
Elemental X-Ray Maps for NWA 15368 | Dr. A. S. Bell, CU Boulder
Fayalite (mol%): 38.0±2.6
Ferrosilite (mol%): 20.7±0.1, 30.1±5.2, 16.9±1.1
Wollastonite (mol%): 4.0±0.1, 9.5±3.7, 36.5±2.8
Classifier: Dustin Dickens, NMMS and Aaron S. Bell, CUB
Type spec mass (g): 40
Type spec location: Cascadia
Main mass: Anonymous collector
Comments: Submitted by Dustin Dickens
Classification: Lunar fragmental breccia
Specimens: 40 g with probe mount on deposit at Cascadia, 40 g with probe mount on deposit at CUB, anonymous collector holds the main mass.
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