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Northwest Africa 2828
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 2828
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 2828
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2005
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 8.67 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 91  (2007)  Aubrite
Recommended:  EL-melt rock    [explanation]

This is 1 of 26 approved meteorites classified as EL-melt rock.   [show all]
Search for other: EL chondrites, Enstatite chondrites, Enstatite chondrites (type 4-7), Enstatite-rich meteorites, and Melted chondrites
Comments: Approved 11 Jun 2006
Revised 1 Sep 2019: Reclassified by Rubin (2016)
Writeup from MB 91:

Northwest Africa 2828

Mauritania or Algeria

Find: December 2005

Achondrite (aubrite)

History: Purchased in December 2005 by Greg Hupé from a Moroccan dealer in Tagounite.

Physical characteristics: Thirty-six pale gray to whitish stones lacking fusion crust with a total weight of 8672 g. Several stones have exterior light orange staining, and two stones contain one or two dark brown cross-cutting veins (1–2 mm wide) of magnetic, fine-grained iron oxide and hydroxide minerals.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Monomict microbreccia, which is mostly fairly uniform but contains sporadic small, rounded clasts (up to 4 mm across). Relatively fine but variable grain size (0.3–1.5 mm), and composed predominantly of bladed grains of essentially pure enstatite (exhibiting lamellar twinning) with ~15 vol% oligoclase, accessory altered troilite with fresh, subparallel exsolution blades of daubreelite, and sporadic rounded to ellipsoidal grains of graphite (up to 1.2 mm across). Small (<0.2 mm) lobate cavities partly filled with fine-grained calcite, silica, and an Fe-bearing mineral are present in the interior of even the freshest stones, and may represent former oldhamite grains. Small grains found as inclusions within enstatite are fresh Ti-free troilite, pure Mn-alabandite, daubreelite, fresh oldhamite (some Mn-bearing), schreibersite, and very rare specks of kamacite and taenite. Minor barite and calcite are present, probably the products of terrestrial weathering.

Mineral compositions and geochemistry: Pyroxene (En99.8Wo1.4; Al2O3 = 0.21 wt%), plagioclase (An13.5–15.3 Or3.0–4.4). Oxygen isotopes: (D. Rumble, CIW) Analyses of two whole-rock fragments by laser fluorination gave, respectively, δ18O = 5.50, 5.56; δ17O = 2.89, 2.90; Δ17O = +0.001, −0.026 (all ‰).

Classification: Achondrite (aubrite). Weathering effects in most stones are limited to alteration of interior troilite and probable oldhamite, and minor orange staining and dissolution on exterior surfaces. This aubrite appears to be completely different in appearance and texture from more metal-rich enstatite-rich meteorites NWA 002, NWA 1067, NWA 2736, and NWA 2965.

Type specimen: A total of 20.1 g and two polished thin sections are on deposit at UWS. GHupé; holds the main mass.

Writeup from MB 108:
Northwest Africa 2828: reclassification

Rubin (2016) reclassified Al Haggounia 001 and paired specimens as "vesicular, incompletely melted, EL chondrite impact melt rock[s]." NWA 2828 is likely paired, and is therefore also reclassified.
  • Rubin A.E. (2016) Impact melting of the largest known enstatite meteorite: Al Haggounia 001, a fossil EL chondrite. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 51 1576-1587. (link)
Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 117:
Place of purchase:Tagounite, Morocco
Date:2005 Dec
Mass (g):8672
Classifier:T. Bunch and J. Wittke, NAU
Type spec mass (g):20
Type spec location:NAU*
Main mass:Reed
Plots: O isotopes:  
   and collections
NAU*: Collection discontinued. Specimens redistributed as shown in individual meteorite records, United States (institutional address; updated 24 Jun 2024)
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
CIW: Carnegie Insitution Washington, Geophysical Laboratory, 5251 Broad Branch Rd., NW, Washington DC 20015, United States (institutional address)
GHupé: Gregory M. Hupé, 9003 Placid Lakes Blvd., Lake Placid, FL 33852, United States; Website (private address)
Reed: Blaine Reed, P.O. Box 1141, Delta, CO 81416, United States; Website (private address)
NAU: Geology, Bldg 12 Knoles Dr Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, United States (institutional address; updated 12 Apr 2012)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 91, MAPS 42, 413-466 (2007)
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 108 (2020) Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 55, 1146-1150
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