|Northwest Africa 5406|
|Basic information||Name: Northwest Africa 5406|
This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 5406
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2008
Mass: 281 g
This is 1 of 41 approved meteorites classified as Lunar. [show all]
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|Comments:||Approved 23 Dec 2008|
Writeup from MB 95:
Northwest Africa 5406
Find: July 2008
Achondrite (lunar, feldspathic breccia)
History: Purchased by Greg Hupé in July 2008 from a dealer in Ouarzazate, Morocco, who reported that these stones were found in the same area as NWA 4936 near Siksou Mountain in southern Morocco.
Physical characteristics: Six, dark gray, mostly very fine-grained stones (total weight 281 g) with hackly fracture and lacking obvious fusion crust. The interior of each stone resembles devitrified glass with dispersed small white clasts.
Geochemistry: Pigeonite (Fs34.7Wo9.8, FeO/MnO = 59.9), augite (Fs55.8Wo26.4, FeO/MnO = 72.6), olivine (Fa25.7–27.0, FeO/MnO = 85.3–120), plagioclase (An96.2–97.2Or0.0). Bulk composition (R. Korotev, WUSL): FeO 5.8 wt%, Th 2.0 ppm, Sc 9.1 ppm, Ni 520 ppm, Sm 6.3 ppm.
Classification: Achondrite (lunar, feldspathic breccia). These stones have essentially the same distinctive textures, mineral compositions and bulk composition as NWA 4936, and are almost certainly paired with the latter stones.
Specimens: A total of 20.0 g of is on deposit at UWS. The main masses are held by Mr. G. M. Hupé.
GHupé: Gregory M. Hupé, 9003 Placid Lakes Blvd., Lake Placid, FL 33852, USA; Website (private address)
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Box 351310, Seattle, WA 98195, USA (institutional address)
WUSL: McDonnell Center for Space Sciences, Washington Univ., One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA (institutional address)
|References:||Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 95, MAPS 44, 429-462 (2009)|
This is 1 of 831 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 8 unapproved names)
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