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0.405g - Mars Nakhlite Meteorite Fragment | NWA 10645 I Martian Meteorite

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Origin: MARS
Official name: NWA 10645
Description: A 0.405 gram piece of Mars ejected by a meteorite impacting the surface of the Red Planet and hurling it to Earth. A lovely 0.142 gram specimen of a very rare part of the SNC group of martian meteorites known as "Nakhlite" NWA 10645.
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ID - TMSBNWA106451708
Northwest Africa 10645
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 10645
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 10645 
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2016
Country: (Northwest Africa) 
Mass:help 12 g
Recommended:   Martian (nakhlite) [explanation]

This is 1 of 18 approved meteorites classified as Martian (nakhlite). [show all]
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Comments: Approved 15 May 2016
Writeup from MB 105: 

Northwest Africa 10645 (NWA 10645)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2016

Classification: Martian meteorite (Nakhlite)


History: Purchased by Dustin Dickens, February 2016, from a Moroccan dealer.


Physical characteristics: The exterior is partially covered by black fusion crust. Freshly broken surfaces reveal a mixture of mm-sized dark-green pyroxene grains and interstitial cream-colored feldspar.


Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite has an ophitic texture consisting of 75% augite, 15% feldspar, and 5% olivine. Some augite crystals are prismatic and up to 2 mm in length. There are two feldspars present, oligoclase and alkali feldspar, no maskelynite was observed; feldspar commonly occupies interstices between augite grains. Augites show igneous zoning with Fs-rich rims, olivines are fayalitic and fairly uniform in composition. Apatite, ilmenite, and titanomagnetite were observed.


Geochemistry: (C. Agee and M. Spilde, UNM) Olivine Fa88.1±0.8, Fe/Mn=41±1, n=5; augite Fs31.9±10.2Wo38.9±2.1, range Fs24.1-48.9Wo33.3-40.5, Fe/Mn=35±2, n=10; plagioclase An22.9±2.7Ab73.0±3.0Or4.1±0.6, n=4; alkali feldspar An3.3Ab40.4Or56.2, n=1.


Classification: Martian (nakhlite). This is a martian meteorite based Fe/Mn of augite and olivine, and on the composition of the plagioclase. It is a nakhlite based on the high percentage of augite present. Paired with NWA 10153.


Specimens: 2.5 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM; Dustin Dickens holds the main mass.

Data from:
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Place of purchase: Morocco
Date: P 2016
Mass (g): 12
Pieces: 1
Class: Martian (nakhlite)
Shock stage: moderate
Weathering grade: low
Fayalite (mol%): 88.1±0.8
Ferrosilite (mol%): 31.9±10.2
Wollastonite (mol%): 38.9±2.1
Classifier: C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g): 2.5
Type spec location: UNM
Main mass: Dustin Dickens
Comments: Field name TMS-1; submitted by C. Agee, UNM

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