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Northwest Africa 12605
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 12605
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 12605
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2017
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 997 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 108  (2020)  Eucrite
Recommended:  Eucrite    [explanation]

This is 1 of 598 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as Eucrite.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, Eucrites, and HED achondrites
Comments: Approved 15 May 2019
Writeup from MB 108:

Northwest Africa 12605 (NWA 12605)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2017 Jun 18

Classification: HED achondrite (Eucrite)

History: Purchased 18 Jun 2017 at Ensisheim Show from a seller named Mr. Ismaily.

Physical characteristics: A slice with a thickness of 3 mm was availabe. Surface as well as interior are well preserved and appear fresh. Fusion crust mostly preserved, flowlines visible. Porous interior. Some pores are filled around the surface with secondary minerals.

Petrography: Macroscopic: The cut surface of the interior appears gray-brown, a somewhat darker and irregular rim of 1-5 mm is visible along the surface. Mineral and lithic clasts up to 9 mm are well visible. The sample is noticeably porous. The largest lithic clast is comparably coarse grained (plag. up to 2 mm) and could be a part of a cumulate (no analysis available). A narrow whitish vein transects the slice. Microscopic: The thin section consists of larger lithic and mineral clasts within a fine grained matrix that appears reequilibrated. The brecciated nature of the sample is revealed by the presence of lithic clasts with contrasting fabrics. The matrix minerals appear to have coalesced into larger grains, thereby hiding their primary clastic origin. The porosity is also observable on the microscopic scale. Locally a very fine grained rim of minerals covers the pore sufaces. Observed minerals are Ca-poor pyroxene of ferrosilitic to pigeonitic composition (with fine exsolution lamellae mainly below 10um) and Ca-rich pyroxene of augitic composition (larger grains in part poikilitic). A silica phase is common and locally shows evidence of subgrain formation. Some lager plagioclase grains show a slight patchy and undulous extinction. Several larger pyroxene grains contain irregular fractures that end at the borders of the grains. Larger, coarser grained lithic clasts have a gabbroic texture and could be derived from cumulates. Additionally observed phases are troilite, Ti-rich chromite, ilmenite, zircon and iron metal. Terrestrial calcite was observed in veins.

Geochemistry: Composition of Ca-poor pyroxene (pigeonite or othopyroxene) (n=47): Fs52.90±3.09Wo7.55±3.92 (range Fs42.78-56.16Wo3.75-18.80); Fe/Mg = 1.34, Fe/Mn 28.61. Composition of Ca-rich pyroxen (clinopyroxene) (n=21): Fs29.79±4.08Wo35.61±5.23 (range Fs25.66-40.88Wo21.22-40.26); Fe/Mg = 0.96, Fe/Mn 27.84 No olivine found in thinsection. Plagioclase composition (n=45): An90.10±2.50Or0.42±0.16 (range An83.4-93.59Or0.23-1.04). Larger plagioclase grains show a slight increase in xAn towards the core. Bulk analysis of cut surface by pXRF (wt%): Fe/Mg = 4.12±0.44, Fe/Mn 29.8±0.5 (n=10), Fe = 13.0 wt.% (n=10). Oxygen isotopes: (R. Greenwood, OU): δ18O=3.775‰, δ17O=1.746‰ Δ17O=-0.217‰.

Classification: This meteorite is a reequilibrated basaltic eucrite breccia based on oxygen isotopes, mineral compositions and whole-rock pXRF-analyses. There is evidence for a slight Stannern trend.

Specimens: A total of 25.1 g and one polished section at NMBE

Data from:
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Place of purchase:Ensisheim Show, France
Date:P 2017 Jun 18
Mass (g):997
Weathering grade:low
Ferrosilite (mol%):52.9±3.1 (42.8-56.2, n=47)
Wollastonite (mol%):7.6±3.9 (3.8-18.8, n=47)
Classifier:T. Burri, NMBE B. Hofmann, NMBE
Type spec mass (g):25.1
Type spec location:NMBE
Main mass:Marc Jost, SJS
Comments:NMBE number: NMBE 43408, older number: SJS 1803; submitted by Beda Hofmann, NMBE Thomas Burri, NMBE
Plots: O isotopes:  
   and collections
NMBE: Natural History Museum Bern Bernastrasse 15 CH-3005 Bern Switzerland, Switzerland; Website (institutional address; updated 2 Mar 2012)
OU: Planetary and Space Sciences Department of Physical Sciences The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA United Kingdom, United Kingdom (institutional address; updated 8 Dec 2011)
SJS: Space Jewels Switzerland, 2555 Brügg, Switzerland (private address; updated 3 Jan 2010)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 108 (2020) Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 55, 1146-1150
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     This is 1 of 9689 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1854 unapproved names)

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