|Northwest Africa 8657|
|Basic information||Name: Northwest Africa 8657|
This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 8657
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2014
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass: 234 g
This is 1 of 153 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as Martian (shergottite). [show all]
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|Comments:||Approved 29 Nov 2014|
Writeup from MB 103:
Northwest Africa 8657 (NWA 8657)
Purchased: 2014 Sep
Classification: Martian meteorite (Shergottite)
History: Purchased by Eric Twelker from a Moroccan dealer at the Denver Show in September 2014.
Physical characteristics: Wind-ablated exterior with some small patches of dull black fusion crust. Cut interior surfaces are overall greenish-gray with clear, glassy maskelynite evident, and sporadically distributed dark glass pockets and veinlets
Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Diabasic texture. Composed predominantly of complexly zoned, prismatically-twinned clinopyroxene (up to 3.8 mm long) and maskelynite laths (up to 1.8 mm long) with accessory ilmenite, ulvöspinel, pyrrhotite, merrillite, chlorapatite and vesicular glass. Minor components are anorthoclase (containing blades of silica polymorph) and symplectitic intergrowths of ferrosilite+silica.
Geochemistry: Subcalcic augite (Fs20.8-21.8Wo36.4-34.1, FeO/MnO = 28-30, N = 2), ferroan subcalcic augite (Fs39.1Wo30.7, FeO/MnO = 39), pigeonite (Fs33.7-53.1Wo11.8-11.6, FeO/MnO = 38-39, N = 2), ferropigeonite rims (Fs65.1-67.1Wo18.7-14.4, FeO/MnO = 37-41, N = 3), ferrosilite (Fs75.4Wo2.0, FeO/MnO = 41), plagioclase (maskelynite) (An42.3-45.3Or2.8-2.7, N = 2), anorthoclase (An33.4Or15.0).
Classification: Martian (shergottite, diabasic). Likely paired with NWA 8656.
Specimens: 20.9 g plus one polished thin section at UWB. The remaining material is held by E. Twelker.
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)
Twelker: Eric Twelker, P.O. Box 844, Port Townsend, WA 98368, United States; Website (private address; updated 1 Dec 2014)
|References:||Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 103, in preparation (2014)|
This is 1 of 5735 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 2073 unapproved names)
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