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Basic information Name: Anoual
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2006
Country: Morocco
Mass:help 5.9 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 93  (2008)  Lunar
Recommended:  Lunar    [explanation]

This is 1 of 107 approved meteorites classified as Lunar.   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 14 Jan 2008
Revised 4 Aug 2008: Final writeup
Writeup from MB 93:

Anoual                 32°44'4.5''N, 2°57'28.7''W

Anoual, Morocco

Find: 3 May 2006

Achondrite (lunar, mare basalt/gabbro breccia)

History: Nomads from near Anoual (a village located in the east of Morocco between Bouarfa and Talsint; about 40 km ENE of the latter) learned that the small odd stones that had been found close to their settlement in June and July of 2005 were indeed a meteorite from the Moon (NWA 2727). After extensive searching and screening of the soil, Mr. Boujena recovered 12 pieces for a total mass of 5.92 g, over an area about 5 m in diameter. The small size of the pieces can be explained by the brecciated character of the stone. Ph. Thomas visited the place in May 2006 and May 2007, participated in the search, took pictures, in particular of the investigated soil, and registered the GPS coordinates.

Physical characteristics: Tan greenish stones devoid of fusion crust.

Petrography: (A. Jambon, O. Boudouma, and D. Badia. UPVI). Breccia composed dominantly of two lithologies: A phyric basalt and a gabbro. Basalt with subhedral olivine phenocrysts (<1 mm; 20 vol%) slightly resorbed in a finely crystallized groundmass. Highly fractured gabbro clasts. Small doleritic clasts with zoned pyroxenes. Mafic areas of once molten rock with olivine needles. One clast of quenched basaltic melt with numerous zirconolite needles (0.7 vol%; 0.1 mm) silica and celsian K-feldspar. Ilmenite, troilite, chromite. Plagioclase and clinopyroxene. Carbonate fills the largest fractures.

Geochemistry: (EMPA) Olivine (Fa45-28, with few crystals >Fa45; FeO/MnO = 97). Pyroxene: from (Mg# = 0.80) pigeonite (Wo10) and augite (Wo45) to pyroxferroite (Fs70Wo25; FeO/MnO = 70). Plagioclase (An91-83). Spinel (Cr66Sp25Us3Mt6).

Classification: Achondrite (lunar, mare basalt/gabbro breccia). Paired with NWA 2727/3160 (and potentially NWA 3333).

Type specimens: A total of 1.205 g of sample (one polished section) is on deposit at UPVI. Thomas holds the main mass.

Submitted by: H. Chennaoui, FSAC.

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Origin or pseudonym:Anoual, Morocco
Date:3 May 2006
Mass (g):5.92
Type spec mass (g):1.205
   and collections
FSAC: Universite Hassan II Casablanca, Faculte des Sciences Ain Chock, Departement de Géologie, BP 5366 Maârif, Casablanca, Morocco (institutional address; updated 9 Jan 2013)
UPVI: Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI),Case 110, 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France (institutional address; updated 5 Oct 2014)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 93, MAPS 43, 571-632 (2008)
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     This is 1 of 10 approved meteorites from Oriental, Morocco
     This is 1 of 2089 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 32 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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