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Northwest Africa 11561
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 11561
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 11561
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2016
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 5.75 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 107  (2018)  CR6
Recommended:  CR6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 3 approved meteorites classified as CR6.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (equilibrated), and CR chondrites
Comments: Approved 4 Jul 2018
Writeup from MB 107:

Northwest Africa 11561 (NWA 11561)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2016 Dec

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CR6)

History: Purchased in December 2016 by Ben Hoefnagels from a French dealer, who had obtained the stone from a source in Niger.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Metamorphic texture. Larger (up to 3.6 mm) pyroxene poikiloblasts containing numerous rounded olivine chadacrysts are present within a dominant finer-grained, recrystallized matrix exhibiting triple grain junctions. Pyroxene is mostly orthopyroxene, but blebby inclusions of clinopyroxene are present in places. Accessory phases are chromite, kamacite, Ni-poor taenite and troilite.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa29.0-29.8, FeO/MnO = 64-67, N = 3), orthopyroxene host (Fs23.0-23.6Wo3.8-3.6, FeO/MnO = 40-42, N = 2), clinopyroxene exsolution lamellae (Fs10.7-12.0Wo41.8-39.8, FeO/MnO = 28-31, N = 2), plagioclase (An42.0-50.3Or1.6-1.8, N = 2). Oxygen isotopes (K. Ziegler, UNM): analyses of acid-washed subsamples by laser fluorination gave, respectively, δ17O -0.259, -0.450, -0.344; δ18O 2.659, 2.297, 2.506; Δ17O -1.663, -1.663, -1.667 per mil.

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CR6). In terms of textural, mineralogical and isotopic characteristics, this specimen is very similar to Tafassasset and NWA 7531.

Specimens: 53.0 g including one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with Mr. B. Hoefnagels.

Data from:
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Place of purchase:France
Date:P 2016 Dec
Mass (g):5746
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):29.0-29.8
Ferrosilite (mol%):23.3-23.6; 10.7-12.0
Wollastonite (mol%):3.8-3.6; 41.8-39.8
Classifier:A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS
Type spec mass (g):53.0
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:B. Hoefnagels
Comments:Work name BH116; submitted by A. Irving
Plots: O isotopes:  
   and collections
UNM: Institute of Meteoritics MSC03 2050 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-1126 USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2015)
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, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 9 Oct 2023)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 107, MAPS 55, 460-462
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     This is 1 of 9570 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1871 unapproved names)

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