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63.04g CO3 - Carbonaceous Chondrite Meteorite

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On Offer: 63.04g CO3 Carbonaceous Chondrite Meteorite

Type: CO3 Carbonaceous Chondrite

Name: NWA 14489

Description: An amazing new CO3 carbonaceous chondrite with very low weathering. This new CO3 meteorite is a beautifully shaped complete individual with low equilibration. Slices of this meteorite reveal gorgeous tightly packed well formed chondrules set against a barely visible matrix and sprinkled liberally with cosmologically ancient refractory inclusions (CAIs) that scientists use to determine the age of the Solar System because its the oldest known material that we have ever found. 

What you get: CO3 Carbonaceous Chondrite specimen as shown, and signed Certificate of Authenticity.  

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Northwest Africa 14489
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 14489
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 14489
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2021
Country: Mali
Mass:help 2.1 kg
Recommended:   CO3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 598 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as CO3.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 3), CM-CO clan chondrites, and CO chondrites
Comments: Approved 20 Dec 2021
Writeup from MB 110:

Northwest Africa 14489 (NWA 14489)


Purchased: 2021 Jun

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3)

History: Purchased by Craig Zlimen in June 2021 from an Algerian dealer.

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and P. Carpenter, WUSL) Small well-formed chondrules (apparent diameter 180±80 µm, N = 24), angular olivine grains and very fine grained CAI are set in a fine grained matrix (~40 vol. %, deep reddish-brown in thin section) containing troilite, kamacite, plagioclase and taenite. Minerals in CAI include Al-Ti-diopside, gehlenite, V-bearing spinel, perovskite, hibonite and ilmenite (associated with perovskite).

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa32.7±24.8, range Fa0.9-64.1, N = 5; Cr2O3 in ferroan olivine 0.06-0.21 wt.%, mean 0.14±0.06 wt%, N = 6), matrix olivine (Fa83.0), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs2.7±1.0Wo2.0±2.4, range Fs1.6-3.5Wo0.6-4.8, N = 3), pigeonite (Fs25.7Wo6.7), subcalcic augite (Fs19.1Wo36.0), Al-Ti-diopside (Fs2.8Wo40.1, Al2O3 8.3 wt.%, TiO2 1.2 wt.%), plagioclase (An40.1Or0.0; An82.7Or0.0; N = 2).

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3).

Specimens: 29.2 g including one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with Mr. C. Zlimen.

Data from:
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Place of purchase: Algeria
Date: P 2021 Jun
Mass (g): 2100
Pieces: many
Class: CO3
Shock stage: S2
Weathering grade: low
Fayalite (mol%): 32.7±24.8
Ferrosilite (mol%): 2.7±1.0
Wollastonite (mol%): 2.0±2.4
Classifier: A. Irving, UWS, and P. Carpenter, WUSL
Type spec mass (g): 29.2
Type spec location: UWB
Main mass: C. Zlimen
Comments: Work name CAZ048; submitted by A. Irving
   and collections
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
WUSL: Washington Univ., One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
UWB: University of Washington, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 27 Jul 2012)

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