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Northwest Africa 10960
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 10960
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 10960
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2016
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 1761 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 105  (2016)  L4
Recommended:  L4    [explanation]

This is 1 of 1708 approved meteorites (plus 24 unapproved names) classified as L4.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 18 Nov 2016
Writeup from MB 105:

Northwest Africa 10960 (NWA 10960)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2016 Jun

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L4)

History: Purchased by Ben Hoefnagels in June 2016 from a dealer in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Well-formed chondrules (apparent diameter 450±300 μm) are set in a relatively coarse grained matrix containing irregularly shaped grains of altered metal, merrillite and chlorapatite. Tiny blebs of metal are prevalent in the silicate phases (rendering them very dark in thin section) and thin, glassy shock veins transect the specimen in places.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa24.6-24.9, N = 3), orthopyroxene (Fs20.3-20.7Wo2.2-1.5, N = 3), clinopyroxene (Fs7.2-8.1Wo45.9-44.4, N = 2).

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L4, highly shocked).

Specimens: 177.2 g including one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with Mr. B. Hoefnagels.

Data from:
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Place of purchase:Ouarzazate
Date:P 2016 Jun
Mass (g):1761
Shock stage:S4
Weathering grade:W1
Fayalite (mol%):24.6-24.9
Ferrosilite (mol%):20.3-20.7
Wollastonite (mol%):2.2-1.5
Classifier:A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS
Type spec mass (g):177.2
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:B. Hoefnagels
Comments:BH024; submitted by A. Irving
   and collections
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)
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 7912 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1974 unapproved names)

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