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Acfer 366
Basic information Name: Acfer 366
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2002
Country: Algeria
Mass:help 1456 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 90  (2006)  CH3
Recommended:  CH3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 28 approved meteorites classified as CH3.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 3), CH chondrites, CH-CB family, and Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 3 Feb 2006
Writeup from MB 90:

Acfer 366                                      26°36′56′′N, 03°56′14′′E

Acfer region, Libya

Find: November 2002

Carbonaceous chondrite (CH3)

History: A single stone weighing 1456 g was found in the Acfer region of Libya by Filiberto Ercolani (deceased 2004).

Petrography: (V. Moggi-Cecchi, A. Salvadori, and G. Pratesi, MSP) The outer surface displays a small portion of fusion crust. The stone is composed of 60 vol% lithic and crystal fragments, 20 vol% chondrules, and 30 vol% nonsilicate phases. Chondrules range from 30–300 µm with a mean apparent diameter of 90 µm. Chondrule textural types: cryptocrystalline (C) = 58%, granular olivine (GO) + granular olivine-pyroxene (GOP) = 22%, porphyritic olivine (PO) = 17%, and barred olivine (BO) = 3% (all vol%). Most of the larger chondrules are GO/GOP. Nonsilicate phases are mainly Fe,Ni metal (predominantly kamacite) and minor sulfides. The metal and sulfide grains range from 10–100 µm, are rounded to irregular in texture, and are homogeneously distributed through the meteorite, within and outside of chondrules.

Geochemistry: EPMA of chondrule olivine indicate a fairly homogeneous composition (Fo97–100; mean Fo97) although olivine in fragments has a more variable composition (Fo80–99; mean Fo95). Low-Ca pyroxene in chondrules and fragments is relatively homogenous (En93–100Wo1–5). High-Ca pyroxene is rare, occurring only in PO chondrules (Fs23.8Wo31.9). Plagioclase is found in chondrules and as angular fragments, and ranges from An80 to An100. Kamacite has a high Ni content (5–9 wt%). Sulfides are typically troilite (Ni = 1–2 wt%) although some pyrrhotite grains with Ni = 11 wt% are observed. Oxygen isotope: (I. Franchi and R. Greenwood, OU) δ17O = 1.781, δ18O = 4.610, ∆17O = −0.616 (all ‰).

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CH3); S1, moderate weathering.

Specimens: A total of 30 g type specimen, one thin section, and the main mass of 1410 g are on deposit at MSP (inventory number MSP 2273).

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Date:Nov 2002
Mass (g):1456
Classifier:V. Moggie Cecchi, A. Salvadori, and G. Pratesi (MSP)
Type spec mass (g):All
Type spec location:MSP-PO
Main mass:anonymous finder
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MSP: Museo di Scienze Planetarie, Via Galcianese 20/H, 59100 Prato, Italy, Italy; Website (institutional address; updated 22 Oct 2022)
OU: Planetary and Space Sciences Department of Physical Sciences The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA United Kingdom, United Kingdom (institutional address; updated 8 Dec 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 90, MAPS 41, 1383-1418 (2006)
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     Recommended::   (26° 36' 34"N, 3° 56' 8"E)

     This is 1 of 427 approved meteorites from Tamanghasset, Algeria (plus 2 unapproved names) (plus 2 impact craters)
     This is 1 of 1368 approved meteorites from Algeria (plus 31 unapproved names) (plus 4 impact craters)
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