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Northwest Africa 8694
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 8694
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 8694
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2014
Country: Morocco
Mass:help 54.8 g
Recommended:  Martian (Chassignite)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 3 approved meteorites classified as Martian (Chassignite).   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 2 Jan 2015
Writeup from MB 104:

Northwest Africa 8694 (NWA 8694)


Purchased: 14 July 2014

Classification: Martian meteorite (Chassignite)

Physical characteristics: A single flattened spherical stone, almost entirely covered by fusions crust.

Petrography: (R. Hewins, S. Pont, B. Zanda, MNHNP) This meteorite is a cumulate dunite with 85% highly fractured olivine. It has an adcumulate texture with small patches rich in interstitial material having an orthocumulate texture. The main intercumulus phases are pigeonite and augite, both with very fine (1 μm) exsolution lamellae,and glass. Minor phases include chromite, partly enclosed by olivine, and ilmenite. The olivine contains largely crystalline melt inclusions, surrounded by radial fractures. The main phases in melt inclusions are orthopyroxene and glass; rare phases include apatite, amphibole and mica.

Geochemistry: Mineral compositions: (R. Hewins, MNHNP) The olivine composition is Fo53.2±0.3Fa46.8±0.3, with an FeO/MnO ratio of 50.0±1.6, n=24. The crystals are equilibrated in Fe-Mg, but retain a weak depletion of Ca towards crystal rims, with a total range of 0.8–0.29 wt. % CaO. The pigeonite composition is En55.8±0.9Fs37.5±1.0Wo6.7±1.3, n=26, and FeO/MnO of 28.7±1.9; the orthopyroxene is En59.9±0.4Fs37.7±0.9Wo2.4±0.8 and FeO/MnO ratio of 30.2±3.0; and the augite is En40.6±0.2Fs16.1±0.6Wo43.3±0.5, with an FeO/MnO ratio of 27.4±3.2, (neglecting overlap compositions). The orthopyroxene in the melt inclusions varies from En56 to En59, with Al2O3 up to 4 wt.%, whereas interstitial orthopyroxene has only 0.4±0.3 wt.% Al2O3. The amphibole is calcium-rich with 3% TiO2 and the mica is phlogopitic. Apatite has about 2.5 wt.% of each of F and Cl. Geochemistry: (N. Asseyag, P. Cartigny, IPGP). Oxygen isotope analysis gives δ18O=4.45, 4.55, 4.18,  δ17O=2.71, 2.68, 2.49,  Δ17O=0.38, 0.30, 0.30, (standard errors: ±0.10, ±0.07, ±0.04 respectively), corresponding to an average composition of δ18O=4.39±0.19,  δ17O=2.63±0.12, and Δ17O=0.33±0.05.

Classification: (R. Hewins, S. Pont and B. Zanda, MNHNP) The meteorite is classified as a chassignite. The textures and mineral assemblages are almost identical to those of Chassigny and NWA 2737. The olivine and pyroxene compositions are intermediate between those of Chassigny and Nakhla. The Fe/Mn ratios of olivine grains fall on to just above the Papike reference line for Mars.

Specimens: Specimen: 12.3 g at MNHNP

Data from:
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Place of purchase:Agadir
Date:P 14 July 2014
Mass (g):54.8
Pieces:A single stone
Class:Martian (Chassignite)
Fayalite (mol%):46.8±0.3
Ferrosilite (mol%):37.5±1.0
Wollastonite (mol%):6.7±1.3
Classifier:R. Hewins, S. Pont and B. Zanda, MNHNP
Type spec mass (g):12.3
Type spec location:MNHNP
Main mass:Labenne Meteorites
Comments:Data files are labelled LM081014 I.; submitted by R. Hewins, MNHNP
Plots: O isotopes:  
   and collections
MNHNP: Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 61 Rue Buffon, LMCM-CP52, 75005 Paris, France, France; Website (institutional address; updated 8 Nov 2012)
IPGP: Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris, 1 rue Jussieu, 75252 Paris, Cedex 05, France (institutional address; updated 3 Nov 2014)
Labenne: 23, rue de Esperance, 75013 Paris, France; Website (private address; updated 29 Aug 2012)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 104, in preparation (2015)
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     This is 1 of 1201 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 11 unapproved names)

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