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Rabt Sbayta 002
Basic information Name: Rabt Sbayta 002
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2016
Country: Western Sahara
Mass:help 6.37 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 106  (2018)  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Recommended:  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 290 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (feldsp. breccia).   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 14 Feb 2017
Writeup from MB 106:

Rabt Sbayta 002        24.241°N, 14.701°W

Rio de Oro, Western Sahara

Find: 2016-Aug

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Found by Mbarek Laghfiri and Mohamed Chikh Boy near Gataa Sfar in August 2016 and shortly thereafter. Purchased by Darryl Pitt from a Morrocan dealer in Agadir.

Physical characteristics: A single large stone (6371.9 g) lacking fusion crust but with a thin desert patina on exterior surfaces. The fresh interior exhibits pale gray to whitish clasts set in a dark gray, fine grained matrix.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Breccia composed of angular minerals clasts of anorthite, orthopyroxene, olivine, pigeonite, exsolved pigeonite, ilmenite, chromite, fayalite and Ti-chromite in a fine grained, partly vesicular matrix of the same minerals plus troilite and minor barite. Rare quench-textured lithic clasts are present.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa23.4, FeO/MnO = 64; Fa43.9, FeO/MnO = 100), orthopyroxene (Fs58.6-60.4Wo2.4-1.9, FeO/MnO = 57-72, N = 2), pigeonite (Fs44.6Wo7.9, FeO/MnO = 54; Fs27.8Wo21.3, FeO/MnO = 47), augite host in exsolved pigeonite (Fs20.9Wo38.4, FeO/MnO = 54), fayalite (Fa78.1, FeO/MnO = 81), plagioclase (An96.5-97.2Or0.2, N = 2). Bulk composition (R. Korotev, WUSL) INAA of subsamples gave the following mean abundances (in wt.%) FeO 3.5, Na2O 0.37; (in ppm) Sc 7.2, Ni 90, La 1.1, Sm 0.57, Eu 0.82, Yb 0.50, Lu 0.07, Hf 0.35, Th 0.14. Magnetic susceptibility log χ (× 10-9 m3/kg) = 2.49.

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia).

Specimens: 22.9 g in the form of a single polished slice at UWB; remainder with DPitt.

Data from:
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State/Prov/County:Rio de Oro
Place of purchase:Agadir
Mass (g):6371.9
Class:Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):23.4; 43.9; 78.1
Ferrosilite (mol%):58.6-60.4; 44.6; 27.8
Wollastonite (mol%):2.4-1.9; 7.9; 21.3
Classifier:A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS
Type spec mass (g):22.9
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:DPitt
Finder:Mbarek Laghfiri and Mohamed Chikh Boy
Comments:MVCH 102; 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)
WUSL: Washington Univ., One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
UWB: University of Washington, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 27 Jul 2012)
DPitt: Darryl Pitt, 225 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024, United States; Website (private address)
References: Published in Gattacceca J., Bouvier A., Grossman J., Metzler K., and Uehara M. (2019) Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 106. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 54 in press.
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Western Sahara
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     This is 1 of 46 approved meteorites from Rio de Oro, Western Sahara
     This is 1 of 262 approved meteorites from Western Sahara (plus 19 unapproved names)
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