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Northwest Africa 11223
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 11223
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 11223
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2017
Country: Morocco
Mass:help 28 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 106  (2018)  Lunar
Recommended:  Lunar    [explanation]

This is 1 of 101 approved meteorites classified as Lunar.   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 10 May 2017
Writeup from MB 106:

Northwest Africa 11223 (NWA 11223)


Purchased: 2017

Classification: Lunar meteorite

Physical characteristics: Physical Characteristics: The ROM specimen is one of many pieces found by a meteorite hunter in Morocco. The largest fragments are over 2 kg, with many smaller pieces adding to a total of approximately 10 kg. All specimens observed lacked fusion crust and most were covered in a very thin surface coating of white caliche. However two specimens, which were apparently exposed to the desert winds, showed no caliche, exposing a dark-gray interior with obvious lithic clasts.

Petrography: (ROM; K. Hewson, V. Di Cecco, I Nicklin, ROM) In hand sample and thin section the specimen shows lithic and mineral clasts set in a dark-gray, glassy matrix. No vesicles were observed. The largest lithic clast in the ROM specimen is light gray in color and measures 1 × 0.5 cm. Two other relatively large clasts are of a more mixed mineralogy.

Geochemistry: (K. Hewson, V. Di Cecco) Feldspar grains have highly anorthitic composition (An90.9-98.6Ab0.0-7.4Or0.1-2.1, n = 94), which is consistent both in the clasts and the matrix. Olivine grains, although rare, are forseritic (Fa28.0-44.5, FeO/MnO = 84.8-119.2, n=15). Pyroxene grains are more common than olivine and are variable in composition. They include augite (En30.2-48.4Fs23.7-26.6Wo 2.5-26.6, FeO/MnO = 52.4-61.1, n=5), pigeonite (En40.4-68.0Fs23.3-49.0Wo6.0-19.1, FeO/MnO = 51.8-63.6, n=14) and enstatite (En64.0-65.5Fs31.6-32.1Wo 2.5-3.9, FeO/MnO = 57.6-62.9 n=3).

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic impact-melt breccia). The largest lithic clast noted has an anorthitic composition, as given by the geochemistry. The two other relatively large clasts have noritic and olivine-noritic compositions based on geochemistry and mineral modality. Mineral fragments are anorthite, clino and orthopyroxenes and rare olivine. Both the lithic and mineral clasts show extensive shock features including mosaicism, planar fracturing and, in the lithic clasts, granularization of the component minerals. Despite the generally uniform caliche coating on most of the specimens the weathering is minimal being confined largely to the exterior but with some very few, very fine fractures containing material similar to the caliche coating which is predominantly barite.

Specimens: The ROM holds the main mass of this sample, which originally weighed 28 g. It is now composed of 2 pieces weighing 17.52 and 4.83 g, a thin section, a thin section billet, and 0.20 g of cutting dust.

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Place of purchase:Tucson
Date:P 2017
Mass (g):28
Classifier:K. Hewson, V. Di Cecco, I. Nicklin, K. Tait, ROM
Type spec mass (g):28
Type spec location:ROM
Main mass:ROM
Comments:Submitted by K. Hewson, Kim Tait
   and collections
ROM: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6, Canada (institutional address; updated 18 Oct 2011)
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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     This is 1 of 1929 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 27 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)

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