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Northwest Africa 10102
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 10102
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 10102
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2013
Country: Morocco
Mass:help 6 kg
Recommended:  L(LL)3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 13 approved meteorites classified as L(LL)3.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Approved 14 May 2015
Writeup from MB 104:

Northwest Africa 10102 (NWA 10102)


Find: 2010

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L(LL)3)

History: A 6 kg meteorite was reportedly found near Temara in 2010 and purchased by Ruben Garcia at the 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral show.

Physical characteristics: Sawn surface is dark greenish black with abundant lighter colored chondrules. Some lighter angular clasts to 4 cm. Slices criss-crossed with thin oxide veins.

Petrography: Abundant chondrules, ~80 area% set in dark black matrix. Large range of chondrules types present (PO, POP, RP, granular, PP, RP with olivine), some in the size range for LL chondrites. Many of the low-Ca pyroxene grains in PP and POP chondrules show polysynthetic twinning. Troilite is abundant, occurring as rims around chondrules, fine-grained in matrix, as a fine web within cracks in silicate grains, and as larger grains. The larger Fe-S grains show significant weathering, however, the fine-grained Fe-S and web-like network is largely unweathered. Three thin sections studied. One section contains three large clasts: 7 × 5 mm clast composed of radial and barred olivine fragments; 6 × 4 mm irregularly shaped clast of radial pyroxene; and, 3 × 2 mm dark achondrtic clast. No metal observed.

Geochemistry: (L. Garvie, ASU) Olivine Fa23.4±4.2, range Fa10.3-30.0, FeO/MnO=52.7±10.6, Cr2O3=0.04±0.02 wt%, n=19. Low Ca pyroxene Fs14.4±7.6Wo2.7±3.8, range Fs4.4-26.1Wo0.3-14.4, FeO/MnO=23.0±10.2, n=16; high Ca pyroxene Fe23.8Wo35.3 and Fs7.1Wo43.0. (K. Ziegler, UNM): Analyses of three acid-washed subsamples by laser fluorination dual inlet mass spectrometry gave, respectively, δ17O 4.212, 4.251, 4.093; δ18O 6.486, 6.144, 6.212; Δ17O 0.787, 1.007, 0.813 per mil (reference TFL slope = 0.528, values are linearized).

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L(LL)3, S3, W3). Although the oxygen isotopes plot at the heavy 18O end of the LL field, the mean Fa content is consistent with L, and mean low Ca pyroxene Fs content with H. No Fe-Ni metal found. Despite the weathering, the abundance of areas with thin spider-like veining of unweathered troilite suggests that metal would have been preserved, as least locally, had it been present. Estimation of subtype 3.6 based on Cr2O3 content in ferroan olivine and on histograms (Fig. 4) in Grossman and Brearley (2005).

Specimens: 606.8 g at ASU.

  • Grossman J.N. and Brearley A.J. (2005) The onset of metamorphism in ordinary and carbonaceous chondrites. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 40, 87-122. (link)
Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Place of purchase:Tucson
Mass (g):6000
Shock stage:S3
Weathering grade:W3
Fayalite (mol%):23.4±4.2
Ferrosilite (mol%):14.4±7.6
Wollastonite (mol%):2.7
Classifier:L. Garvie, K. Ziegler
Type spec mass (g):606.8
Type spec location:ASU
Main mass:Ruben Garcia
Comments:Submitted by L. Garvie
Plots: O isotopes:  
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ASU: Center for Meteorite Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-1404, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 14 Jan 2012)
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. 104, in preparation (2015)
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     This is 1 of 1210 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 11 unapproved names)

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