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Northwest Africa 3214
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 3214
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 3214
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2005
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 435 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 91  (2007)  CV3
Recommended:  CV3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 605 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as CV3.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 3), CV chondrites, and CV-CK clan chondrites
Comments: Approved 28 Mar 2007
Writeup from MB 91:

Northwest Africa 3214

Northwest Africa

Find: 2005

Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3)

History: M. Chinellato purchased a single stone in Erfoud, Morocco, in 2005.

Physical characteristics: The original stone weighed 435.2 g. A cut surface on the type specimen shows a very dark gray color with rather large chondrules and some small white spots and no fusion crust.

Petrography: (V. Moggi Cecchi and G. Pratesi, MSP) In thin section many chondrules of various kinds (BO, PO, POP) are visible, accounting for ~50 vol% and ranging in size from 550 to 1150 µm in apparent diameter (mean value 930 µm) and are set in a dark brown matrix. The chondrule margins are clear and defined. Chondrules contain variable amounts of clear glass. The matrix is represented by olivine and orthopyroxene, with rare clinopyroxenes. Fe,Ni metal and troilite are uncommon (<5 vol%). CAIs are also present.

Mineral compositions and geochemistry: Olivine in the chondrules is Fo-rich (Fo91–94, mean Fo92). Olivine in the matrix is less Fo-rich (Fo81–88, mean Fo86). Orthopyroxene is enstatitic (En98.36Fs0.72Wo0.92). An augitic pyroxene with variable composition is also present (Fs17.54–30.61, En24.12–35.97Wo47.12–48.49). Oxygen isotope: (I. Franchi and R. Greenwood, OU) δ17O = -1.84; δ18O = 2.67; Δ17O = -3.23 (all ‰).

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3); S1, minimal weathering.

Type specimen: A total of 20 g and one thin section are on deposit at MSP. MChin holds the main mass of 32.5 g.

Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 156:
Place of purchase:Erfoud, Morocco
Mass (g):435.2
Shock stage:S1
Weathering grade:minimal
Fayalite (mol%):6-9
Ferrosilite (mol%):0.72
Classifier:V. Moggi Cecchi and G. Pratesi, MSP
Type spec mass (g):20
Type spec location:MSP
Main mass:MChin
Plots: O isotopes:  
   and collections
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)
MChin: Matteo Chinellato, Via Triestina, 126/A-30030 Tessera, Venezia, Italy; Website (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 91, MAPS 42, 413-466 (2007)
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     This is 1 of 9013 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1869 unapproved names)

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