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Northwest Africa 11648
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 11648
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 11648
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2002
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 30 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 107  (2018)  L6
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 12909 approved meteorites (plus 11 unapproved names) classified as L6.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 29 Jan 2018
Writeup from MB 107:

Northwest Africa 11648 (NWA 11648)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2002 Feb

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L6)

History: A single stone was purchased by Edwin Thompson at the Tucson Gem Show and donated to Cascadia.

Petrography: About a dozen readily identifiable chondrules are visible in thin section, but their edges grade into surrounding granular regions. Approximately 2% metal present. Minimal weathering. Shock stage (conventional) estimated from olivine deformation; plagioclase deformed.

Geochemistry: (A. Ruzicka and K. Farley, Cascadia) Olivine (Fa 24.9±0.2, N=13), low-Ca pyroxene (Wo 1.5±0.3 Fs21.1±0.2En77.4±0.2, N=12), plagioclase (Ab 85.1±0.6Or3.2±0.4An11.4±0.8, N=13).

Classification: L6 chondrite based on texture and mineral chemistry.

Specimens: Cascadia holds the main mass and type specimen, consisting of 28.7 g in two pieces plus one thin section.

Data from:
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Place of purchase:Tucson
Date:P 2002 Feb
Mass (g):30
Shock stage:S5
Weathering grade:W1
Fayalite (mol%):24.8±0.2
Ferrosilite (mol%):21.1±0.2
Wollastonite (mol%):1.5±0.3
Classifier:A. Ruzicka, K. Farley, M. Hutson, Cascadia
Type spec mass (g):28.7
Type spec location:Cascadia
Main mass:Cascadia
Comments:Lab number CML0015; submitted by Alex Ruzicka
   and collections
Cascadia: Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory, Portland State University, Department of Geology, Room 17 Cramer Hall, 1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 28 Oct 2011)
Thompson: Edwin Thompson, 5150 Dawn St., Lake Oswego, OR 97035, United States (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 107, MAPS 55, 460-462
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     This is 1 of 9790 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1854 unapproved names)

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