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Northwest Africa 8171
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 8171
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 8171
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2013
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 81.9 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 103  (2014)  Martian (basaltic breccia)
MB 107  (2018)  Martian (polymict breccia)
Recommended:  Martian (polymict breccia)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 18 approved meteorites classified as Martian (polymict breccia).   [show all]
Search for other: Martian meteorites
Comments: Approved 23 Jan 2014
Revised 16 Nov 2018: Updated class; see NWA 7034)
Writeup from MB 103:

Northwest Africa 8171 (NWA 8171)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: June 2013

Classification: Martian meteorite (basaltic breccia)

History: Purchased in June 2013 in Ensisheim, France.

Physical characteristics: Nearly completely black 81.88 g stone with remnants of fusion crust. Light-colored clasts and spheroidal objects in a brecciated matrix.

Petrography: (B. Hofmann, NMBE; N. Greber, Bern): Breccia consisting of angular mineral grains (up to 2 mm), lithic clasts (often also breccias) and spheroidal objects (1-3 mm diameter) in fine-grained matrix. Minerals observed are pyroxenes, plagioclase, alkali feldspar, magnetite, ilmenite, pyrite (partially altered to goethite).

Geochemistry: Orthopyroxene (Fs21.3-45.6Wo1.9-4.0, FeO/MnO = 27-43; n = 13), pigeonite (Fs30.9-37.1Wo6-9, FeO/MnO = 34-42; n = 4), augite (Fs8.4-29.7, Wo38-45, FeO/MnO = 13-41; n = 8), plagioclase (An1.7-52.7Or1.5-10.5; n = 22), alkali feldspar (An4.0Or73.9; n = 4). Bulk analysis (XRF, n=6) gives Fe/Mn (wt) = 46.0±3.4, Ni = 510±56 ppm, Cr = 1485±85 ppm. Oxygen isotopes: (R. Greenwood, OU) gave δ18O=7.18±0.31, δ17O=4.41±0.16, Δ17O= 0.675±0.001 (mean of 2 analyses, all per mil).

Classification: Martian (basaltic breccia). Closely resembles NWA 7034 and pairings and is very likely paired with these stones.

Specimens: 16.50 g including one polished section at NMBE. Remaining material is held by Marc Jost and Beat Booz.

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Place of purchase:Ensisheim, France
Date:P June 2013
Mass (g):81.88
Class:Martian (basaltic breccia)
Ferrosilite (mol%):21-46
Wollastonite (mol%):2-4
Classifier:B. Hofmann, NMBE; N. Greber, Bern
Type spec mass (g):16.50
Type spec location:NMBE
Main mass:Marc Jost, Beat Booz
Comments:Submitted by Beda Hofmann
Plots: O isotopes:  
   and collections
NMBE: Natural History Museum Bern Bernastrasse 15 CH-3005 Bern Switzerland, Switzerland; Website (institutional address; updated 2 Mar 2012)
OU: Planetary and Space Sciences Department of Physical Sciences The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA United Kingdom, United Kingdom (institutional address; updated 8 Dec 2011)
Bern: University of Bern, University of Bern, Hochschulstrasse 4, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland (institutional 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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