Ungrouped Chondrite Meteorite Slice 34.48g I NWA 12273 I Very Rare
|Northwest Africa 12273|
Name: Northwest Africa 12273
This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 12273
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2018
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass: 280 g
This is 1 of 24 approved meteorites classified as Chondrite-ung. [show all]
Search for other: Ungrouped chondrites
|Comments:||Approved 11 Dec 2018|
Writeup from MB 107:
Northwest Africa 12273 (NWA 12273)
Classification: Ungrouped chondrite
History: Purchased by Jay Piatek from a Moroccan meteorite dealer on October 25, 2018.
Physical characteristics: Dense, single individual. Fusion crust absent; abundant bright metal; scattered small chondrules are visible.
Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite consists of approximately 75% metal in the form of kamacite (~90%) and taenite (~10%) grains, diameters ranging from 50-500 μm. Minor troilite was observed throughout. Silicates occur primarily in the form of chondrules, most are porphyritic, diameters in the range 100-500 μm, making up approximately 20% of this meteorite.
Geochemistry: (C. Agee) Olivine Fa26.2±3.3, Fe/Mn=55±5, n=29; low-Ca pyroxene Fs15.3±1.8Wo0.7.±0.2, Fe/Mn=23±2, n=11. Oxygen isotopes (K. Ziegler, UNM): 3 acid-washed fragments analyzed by laser fluorination gave δ18O= 5.258, 5.613, 7.249; δ17O= 3.939, 3.971, 4.786; Δ17O= 1.163, 1.007, 0.959 (linearized, all per mil, TFL slope=0.528).
Classification: Ungrouped chondrite. This is a metal-rich chondrite with oxygen isotopes that overlap with LL-chondrites. The olivine Fa content is consistent with L3, however the low-Ca pyroxene Fs is consistent with H4. The high metal content is inconsistent with ordinary chondrite. Texturally, this meteorite resembles a CB-b, however the oxygen isotopes and Fa and Fs are unlike CB chondrites.
Specimens: 23.2 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Jay Piatek holds the main mass of 240 g.
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