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Northwest Africa 11576
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 11576
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 11576
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2017
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 18 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 107  (2018)  Eucrite-melt breccia
Recommended:  Eucrite-melt breccia    [explanation]

This is 1 of 71 approved meteorites classified as Eucrite-melt breccia.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, Eucrites, and HED achondrites
Comments: Approved 22 Jan 2018
Writeup from MB 107:

Northwest Africa 11576 (NWA 11576)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2017

Classification: HED achondrite (Eucrite, melt breccia)

History: Reportedly found in Mali, September 2017, purchased in Morocco.

Physical characteristics: Single stone, no fusion crust, exterior shows numerous light colored clasts set in a dark matrix of shock melt.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe examination shows basaltic clasts with approximately 60% pyroxene and 35% plagioclase grains most in the range 100-200 μm. Many pyroxene grains have exsolution lamellae.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee, UNM) Low-Ca pyroxene Fs62.1±1.1Wo2.7±0.8, Fe/Mn=32±1, n=7; high-Ca pyroxene Fs28.3±1.6Wo42.2±1.8, Fe/Mn=31±1, n=6; plagioclase An88.9±0.4, n=3.

Classification: Eucrite-melt breccia, eucrite clasts are consistent with type 6 (Takeda and Graham, 1991) showing clear compositional separation of low and high calcium pyroxenes.

Specimens: 24.5 g on deposit at UNM, Mohamed Aid holds the main mass.

  • H. Takeda and A.L. Graham (1991) Degree of equilibration of eucritic pyroxenes and thermal metamorphism of the earliest planetary crust. Meteoritics 26 129-134. (link)
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Place of purchase:Morocco
Date:P 2017
Mass (g):18000
Class:Eucrite-melt breccia
Shock stage:high
Weathering grade:moderate
Ferrosilite (mol%):62.1±1.1, 28.3±1.6
Wollastonite (mol%):2.7±0.8, 42.2±1.8
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):24.5
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Mohamed Aid
Comments:Field name AID 125; 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. 107, MAPS 55, 460-462
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