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Northwest Africa 10643
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 10643
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 10643
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2016
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 43.6 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 15 May 2016
Writeup from MB 105:

Northwest Africa 10643 (NWA 10643)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2016

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Purchased from Jaouad Chaoui in Marrakesh, Morocco, December 2015; reportedly found in Mauritania.

Physical characteristics: Single stone, irregular exterior, no fusion crust. A saw cut reveals feldspathic clasts (up to 1 cm) set in a dark-gray groundmass.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This is a highly feldspathic breccia with primarily magnesian olivine (Fa20) and pyroxene fragments scattered throughout. Minor amounts of more iron-rich olivine (Fa41) and pigeonite (Fs66Wo23) were detected. Vesicular shock melt veins and pockets are also present.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and M. Spilde, UNM) Olivine Fa20.0±2.0, Fe/Mn=84±6, n=12; pigeonite Fs33.5±8.9Wo9.4±8.6, Fe/Mn=63±11, n=10; augite Fs22.9±2.3Wo40.1±0.8, Fe/Mn=58±5, n=2; plagioclase An97.0±0.5, n=5; Shock melt (20 μm defocused electron beam, proxy for bulk meteorite composition): SiO2=44.5±0.7, TiO2=0.15±0.07, Al2O3=30.7±2.7, Cr2O3=0.06±0.04, MgO=5.2±1.9, FeO=2.9±1.1, MnO=0.04±0.00, CaO=17.0±1.0, NiO=0.01±0.01, Na2O=0.37±0.02, K2O=0.03±0.01 (all wt%), n=3.

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia)

Specimens: 8.8 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM; Jean Redelsperger holds the main mass.

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Place of purchase:Morocco
Date:P 2016
Mass (g):43.56
Class:Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Shock stage:high
Weathering grade:moderate
Fayalite (mol%):20.0±2.0
Ferrosilite (mol%):33.5±8.9, 22.9±2.3
Wollastonite (mol%):9.4±8.6, 40.1±0.8
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):8.8
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Jean Redelsperger
Comments:Field name JR043; 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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