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Northwest Africa 8015
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 8015
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 8015
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2012
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 1513 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 103  (2014)  L5-melt breccia
Recommended:  L5-melt breccia    [explanation]

This is 1 of 42 approved meteorites classified as L5-melt breccia.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Melted chondrites, Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 29 Jul 2014
Writeup from MB 103:

Northwest Africa 8015 (NWA 8015)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2012 Jun

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5, melt breccia)

History: Purchased by F. Kuntz in June 2013 at the Ensisheim Show.

Physical characteristics: The specimen (1513 g) is composed of rounded, pale orange clasts in a black, very fine-grained matrix containing wispy grains of fresh metal.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) This is a typical L5 melt breccia composed of about equal proportions of L5 chondrite clasts (S2, W1) and quenched (impact) melted matrix of very fine grained silicates with irregular, shred-like grains of metal.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa24.7-25.2), orthopyroxene (Fs20.6-20.7Wo1.3-1.6), augite (Fs7.6-7.9Wo43.8-43.3).

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5 melt breccia).

Specimens: 20.1 g including one polished thick section at UWB. The remainder is held by Kuntz.

Data from:
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Place of purchase:Ensisheim
Date:P 2012 Jun
Mass (g):1513
Class:L5-melt breccia
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W1
Fayalite (mol%):24.7-25.2
Ferrosilite (mol%):20.6-20.7
Wollastonite (mol%):1.3-1.6
Classifier:A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS
Type spec mass (g):20.1
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:F. Kuntz
Comments:K188; 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)
UWB: University of Washington, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 9 Oct 2023)
Kuntz: Fabien Kuntz, France; Website (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 103, MAPS 52, 1014, May 2017, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.12888/full
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     This is 1 of 9772 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1862 unapproved names)

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