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Northwest Africa 8404
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 8404
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 8404
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2014
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 28 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 103  (2014)  Diogenite-olivine
Recommended:  Diogenite-olivine    [explanation]

This is 1 of 25 approved meteorites classified as Diogenite-olivine.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, Diogenites, and HED achondrites
Comments: Approved 29 May 2014
Writeup from MB 103:

Northwest Africa 8404 (NWA 8404)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2014

Classification: HED achondrite (Diogenite, olivine)

History: Purchased by J. Wooddell from a Moroccan dealer, 2014 Feb 7, at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

Physical characteristics: Single stone fragment with dull moderately weathered black fusion crust covering 35% of the stone. Broken surface and saw cut reveal numerous mm-sized green crystals set in light yellow groundmass.

Petrography: Microprobe examination of a polished mount shows a brecciated texture with large pyroxene grains 300-2000 μm and smaller olivine grains 100-500 μm, many grains are fragmental to cataclastic. Accessory plagioclase, iron metal, and troilite. Minor amounts of iron oxidation.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and N. Muttik, UNM) EMPA. Low Ca-pyroxene Fs25.0±0.3Wo3.3±0.3, Fe/Mn=30±1, n=13; olivine Fa26.8±0.3, Fe/Mn=49±3, n=9; plagioclase An88.2±3.0Ab11.4±2.9Or0.4±0.2, n=4. (Karen Ziegler, UNM) Oxygen isotope values of 3 acid-washed aliquots of bulk sample, 1.0, 1.7, 1.8 mg, gave δ17O = 1.510, 1.328, 1.452, δ18O = 3.477, 3.103, 3.233, Δ17O = -0.326, -0.310, -0.255 (linearized, all permil).

Classification: Achondrite (Diogenite-olivine) based on the presence of approximately 25% olivine. Typical δ18O values for diogenites, however two analyses gave anomalously low values for Δ17O.

Specimens: 16.1 g plus a thin section on deposit at UNM, J. Wooddell holds the remainder and a mount.

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Place of purchase:Tucson
Date:P 2014
Mass (g):28
Weathering grade:low
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):16.1
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:J. Wooddell
Comments:Field name JW-30; submitted by C. Agee, UNM
Plots: O isotopes:  
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UNM: Institute of Meteoritics MSC03 2050 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-1126 USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2015)
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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Jim Wooddell   

     This is 1 of 9746 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1855 unapproved names)

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