Aubrite Achondrite 8.3g Meteorite Fragment I NWA 13304
On Offer: 8.3g Aubrite achondrite meteorite fragment
Name: NWA 13304
Description: An amazing 8.3 gram achondrite meteorite fragment that comes from an unknown parent body.
The aubrite class of achondrite meteorite is a very rare differentiated meteorite comprised mostly of the mineral enstatite. While we have sufficient (over 3) examples of these meteorite types to give them their own class, we still don't know what massive differentiated parent body they come from.
Not to be confused with the undifferentiated EH and EL chondrites, these enstatite rich achondrites come from a much larger differentiated parent body, and are far more rare.
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|Northwest Africa 13304|
Name: Northwest Africa 13304
This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 13304
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2019
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass: 263 g
This is 1 of 65 approved meteorites classified as Aubrite. [show all]
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|Comments:||Approved 23 May 2020|
Writeup from MB 109:
Northwest Africa 13304 (NWA 13304)
Classification: Enstatite achondrite (Aubrite)
History: Two fragments of ~23 g purchased by Dustin Dickens October of 2019 in Morocco from Mohamed Amouri. Dustin later received an additional ~24 0g stone from Hammi in February of 2020 at the Tucson gem and mineral show.
Physical characteristics: Exterior has dark colored fusion crust patches. Saw cuts and broken surfaces reveal a breccia of fragmented white pyroxene grains, some up to several mm in size, set in a fine-grained matrix. Scattered brown-orange colored, oxidized metal grains are visible throughout.
Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite consists primarily of larger fragmental enstatite and diopside grains nested in a fine-grained, cataclastic matrix of enstatite and diopside. Kamacite, troilite, alabandite, and daubreelite were detected. Olivine and plagioclase were not detected.
Geochemistry: (C. Agee, UNM) Enstatite Fa0.1±0.1Wo1.3±0.3, n=5; diopside Fs0.0±0.0Wo42.1±4.7, n=2. Oxygen isotopes (K. Ziegler, UNM): 3 acid-washed fragments analyzed by laser fluorination gave δ18O= 5.511, 5.608, 5.742; δ17O= 2.868, 2.924, 3.004; Δ17O= -0.042, -0.037, -0.028 (linearized, all per mil, TFL slope=0.528).
Specimens: 20.1 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Dustin Dickens holds the main mass.
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