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Northwest Africa 3339
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 3339
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 3339
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2006
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 711 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 102  (2013)  Mesosiderite
Recommended:  Mesosiderite    [explanation]

This is 1 of 269 approved meteorites classified as Mesosiderite.   [show all]
Search for other: Mesosiderites, Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 6 Sep 2013
Writeup from MB 102:

Northwest Africa 3339 (NWA 3339)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2006-Apr

Classification: Mesosiderite

History: Purchased by Kuntz in April 2006 from a dealer in Er Rachidia, Morocco.

Physical characteristics: A single, dense, medium-grained stony-iron mass (711 g), with visible metal representing about half of the specimen.

Petrography: (P. Sipiera, FMNH) Aggregate of predominantly low-Ca pyroxene, calcic plagioclase and metal (kamacite+taenite) with subordinate amounts of olivine and merrillite.

Geochemistry: (S. Kuehner, UWS) Olivine (Fa9.0-27.1; FeO/MnO = 38-58), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs28.7-39.3Wo4.3-8.0; FeO/MnO = 22.5-22.6).

Classification: Mesosiderite. Most likely paired with NWA 1827, NWA 1879 and NWA 2042 (and possibly other NWA specimens discovered and studied around the same time, but not examined by the present classifiers).

Specimens: A total of 38.7 g of type material is on deposit at PSF. The main mass is held by Kuntz.

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Place of purchase:Er Rachidia
Date:P 2006-Apr
Mass (g):711
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):9.0-27.1
Ferrosilite (mol%):28.7-39.3
Wollastonite (mol%):4.3-8.0
Classifier:P. Sipiera, FMNH, and S. Kuehner, UWS
Type spec mass (g):38.7
Type spec location:PSF
Main mass:F. Kuntz
Comments:K066; submitted by P. Sipiera
   and collections
FMNH: Department of Geology The Field Museum of Natural History 1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605-2496, USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 16 Nov 2011)
PSF: Planetary Studies Foundation,10 Winterwood Lane, Unit B, Galena, Illinois 61036-9283, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 1 Dec 2011)
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
Kuntz: Fabien Kuntz, France; Website (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 102, MAPS 50, 1662, September 2015
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     This is 1 of 9559 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1872 unapproved names)

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