|Basic information||Name: Yamato 791197|
This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1979
Country: Antarctica [Collected by National Institute of Polar Research, Japan]
Mass: 52.4 g
This is 1 of 69 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (anorth). [show all]
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Writeup from MN J7(1):
Y-791197, 73-2: Lunar-Anorthositic Breccia
Y-791197 is a polymict microbreccia containing clasts in a dark brown glassy matrix, similar to lunar anorthositic regolith breccias. Two or more types of clasts are observed in the thin section, such as polymineralic, monomineralic and melt clasts. Most of larger clasts are polymineralic, frequently composed of calcic plagioclase, olivine, and pyroxene; less commonly plagioclases, or plagioclases alone. Smaller clasts are mineral fragments dominantly plagioclases, with some pyroxenes and olivines, and melted lithic fragments. The clasts also show a variety of textures, including troctolitic, gabbroic, diabasic, basaltic and shock-melted glassy clasts. Most of them are more feldspathic than the HED achondrites. Y-791197 appears to be a regolith breccia with glass spherules and abundant clasts, especially feldspathic clasts, set in a dark brown glassy matrix. The PTS shows that recrystallized matrix breccias containing plagioclase fragments are the other abundant clasts. The matrix glass compositions scatter around those of the bulk rock and are similar to those of the Apollo 16 regolith breccias.
The poikilitic matrix texture is not as well developed as that observed in the Apollo 16 regolith breccias, and it is very fine-grained and can be designated them as micropoikilitic breccias. One clast (HPF) consists of dark yellowish brown to reddish brown iron-rich pyroxene, small amounts of plagioclase, fayalite, and dark mesostasis-like materials including fayalite, minor silica mineral and ilmenite. A poikilitic clast (PK1) clast has a texture with a few subround plagioclase crystals up to 0.2 mm in diameter set in a fine grayish poikilitic-like matrix. Fine-grained (up to 30 microns) olivine and pyroxene are rarely found in the matrix. The plagioclase compositions are calcic and the An contents range from 95 to 97. The Fa contents of olivine range from 36 to 49. Other small lithic clasts are: noritic and troctolitic anorthosites and shocked anorthosites. One clast (SA) consists of rounded euhedral pleonaste spinel enclosed in anorthite. This clast could be a fragment of spinel cataclasite.
|References:||Published in Meteorite Newsletter 7(1) (1998), NIPR, Tokyo|
Never published in the Meteoritical Bulletin
This is 1 of 33930 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 6798 unapproved names)
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