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Northwest Africa 8122
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 8122
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 8122
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2013
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 128.5 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 103  (2014)  L3
Recommended:  L3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 721 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as L3.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Approved 30 Aug 2014
Writeup from MB 103:

Northwest Africa 8122 (NWA 8122)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2013 Feb

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L3)

History: Purchased by Sergey Vasiliev and Marc Jost in February 2013 from a dealer in Rissani, Morocco.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Well-formed, medium-sized (0.6-2.3 mm, mean 1.5±0.7 mm), closely-packed chondrules in a sparse matrix. Minerals are olivine , orthopyroxene, pigeonite, subcalcic augite, sodic plagioclase, chromite, altered kamacite and troilite.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa0.6-41.1, N = 9; Cr2O3 in ferroan examples is 0.09-0.33 wt.%, mean 0.21 wt.%, s.d. 0.09 wt.%, N = 7), orthopyroxene (Fs2.8-30.5Wo0.2-1.8, N = 3), pigeonite (Fs10.4Wo17.0), subcalcic augite (Fs19.3Wo28.8).

Classification: Ordinary chondrite L3. Estimation of subtype 3.3 based on histograms of Cr2O3 distribution in ferroan olivine given in Fig. 4 of Grossman and Brearley (2005).

Specimens: 20.2 g including one polished thin section at UWB. The remainder is held jointly by S. Vasiliev and M. Jost.

  • 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:Rissani
Date:P 2013 Feb
Mass (g):128.5
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W2
Fayalite (mol%):0.6-41.1
Ferrosilite (mol%):2.8-30.5
Wollastonite (mol%):0.2-1.8
Classifier:A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS
Type spec mass (g):20.2
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:S. Vasiliev and M. Jost
Comments:SVMJ05; 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, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 27 Jul 2012)
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 7688 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1972 unapproved names)

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