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Northwest Africa 10609
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 10609
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 10609
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2016
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 43 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 105  (2016)  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Recommended:  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 340 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (feldsp. breccia).   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 24 Apr 2016
Writeup from MB 105:

Northwest Africa 10609 (NWA 10609)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2016

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Purchased by Gary Fujihara from Morocco, 2016.

Physical characteristics: Single stone, weathered exterior without fusion crust. Cut and polished surface reveals numerous white feldspathic clasts set in a dark-gray groundmass. Some of the feldspathic clasts have a reddish tint.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe examination of a polished mount shows a fragmental breccia with numerous olivine, pigeonite, and augite grains set in a dominant feldspathic matrix. Lithic and melt clasts with vesicles were also observed.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and M. Spilde, UNM) Olivine Fa38.9±14.5, Fe/Mn=94±8, n=11; pigeonite Fs39.4±7.5Wo9.2±6.1, Fe/Mn=61±4, n=8; augite Fs21.1±4.7Wo38.3±3.4, Fe/Mn=50±4, n=3; plagioclase An95.7±0.7, n=6.

Classification: Lunar feldspathic breccia

Specimens: 8.66 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Gary Fujihara holds the main mass.

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Place of purchase:Morocco
Date:P 2016
Mass (g):43.02
Class:Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Shock stage:high
Weathering grade:moderate
Fayalite (mol%):38.9±14.5
Ferrosilite (mol%):39.4±7.5; 21.1±4.7
Wollastonite (mol%):9.2±6.1; 38.3±3.4
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):8.66
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Gary Fujihara
Comments:Field name GF-2; submitted by C. Agee, UNM
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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. 105, MAPS 52, 2411, September 2017. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.12944/full
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     This is 1 of 9710 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1853 unapproved names)

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