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Northwest Africa 6925
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 6925
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 6925
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2011
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 1300 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 102  (2013)  L3.15
Recommended:  L3.15    [explanation]

This is 1 of 11 approved meteorites classified as L3.15.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Approved 6 Sep 2013
Writeup from MB 102:

Northwest Africa 6925 (NWA 6925)

Northwest Africa

Purchased: 2011 Mar

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L3.15)

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Fairly large (to 0.7 mm), well formed and relatively closely packed chondrules in a matrix containing very ferroan silicates and moderate amounts of altered metal. Minerals are olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, with accessory altered kamacite, troilite and taenite. A single grain of Al-Ti-diopside may be an exotic component related to CAI.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa1.5-92.1; Cr2O3 in ferroan examples is 0.02-0.39 wt.%, mean 0.20 wt.%, s.d. 0.12 wt.%, N = 10), orthopyroxene (Fs5.1Wo0.3, Fs16.3Wo3.0), clinopyroxene (Fs8.6Wo45.4), Al-Ti-diopside (Fs0.8Wo56.9; Al2O3 19.2 wt.%, TiO2 1.5 wt.%, FeO/MnO = 67). Oxygen isotopes (R. Tanaka, OkaU): analyses of acid-washed subsamples by laser fluorination gave δ18O 5.602, 5.529; δ17O 4.062, 4.012; Δ17O 1.110, 1.098 per mil.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L3.15). Subtype estimated to be 3.15 based on Cr2O3 range in ferroan olivine. Estimation of subtype based on chart (Fig. 15a) in Grossman and Brearley (2005).

  • Grossman J.N. and Brearley A.J. (2005) The onset of metamorphism in ordinary and carbonaceous chondrites. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 40, 87-122. (link)
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Place of purchase:Erfoud
Date:P 2011 Mar
Mass (g):1300
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W2
Fayalite (mol%):1.5-92.1, n=12
Ferrosilite (mol%):5.1-16.3
Wollastonite (mol%):0.3-3.0
Classifier:A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS
Type spec mass (g):20.3
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:G. Fujihara
Comments:GF11-4; submitted by A. Irving
Plots: O isotopes:  
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UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
UWB: University of Washington, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 9 Oct 2023)
OkaU: Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior, Okayama University, Misasa Tottori 682-0193, Japan (institutional address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 102, MAPS 50, 1662, September 2015
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     This is 1 of 9776 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1862 unapproved names)

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