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Northwest Africa 7986
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 7986
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 7986
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2013
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 12.2 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 102  (2013)  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Recommended:  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 342 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (feldsp. breccia).   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 30 Nov 2013
Writeup from MB 102:

Northwest Africa 7986 (NWA 7986)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2013 Jun

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Purchased by Stefan Ralew in June 2013 from a Moroccan dealer at the Ensisheim Show.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Abundant partly devitrified, glassy matrix (with "swirly" texture) containing embedded small mineral and lithic clasts. Minerals are olivine, orthopyroxene, pigeonite, augite, anorthite, ilmenite, troilite and minor kamacite.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa33.4-34.5, FeO/MnO = 83-96), orthopyroxene (Fs34.7Wo2.3, FeO/MnO = 53), pigeonite (Fs25.8Wo6.3, FeO/MnO = 53), augite (Fs14.5Wo41.7; Fs33.5Wo39.5, FeO/MnO = 38-68), anorthite (An96.2-98.5Or0.1). Bulk composition (R. Korotev, WUSL): INAA of subsamples gave mean abundances of FeO 5.6 wt.%, and (in ppm) Sc 31, La 13.2, Sm 6.2, Eu 1.39, Yb 4.0, Th 1.9.

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic vitric breccia). On the basis of mineralogy, texture and bulk composition, this specimen is paired with NWA 4936, NWA 5406, NWA 6221, NWA 6355, NWA 6470, NWA 6570 and NWA 7190.

Specimens: 12.2 g are at UWB. The remainder is with Ralew.

Data from:
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Place of purchase:Ensisheim
Date:P 2013 Jun
Mass (g):12.2
Class:Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):33.4-34.5
Ferrosilite (mol%):34.7; 25.8; 14.5; 33.5
Wollastonite (mol%):2.3; 6.3; 41.7; 39.5
Classifier:A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS
Type spec mass (g):12.2
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:S. Ralew
Comments:RA13-2; submitted by A. Irving
   and collections
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
WUSL: Washington Univ., One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
UWB: University of Washington, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 9 Oct 2023)
Ralew: Stefan Ralew, Kunibertstraße 29, 12524 Berlin, Germany; Website (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 102, MAPS 50, 1662, September 2015
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     This is 1 of 9829 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1851 unapproved names)

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