MetSoc Home            Publications            Contacts  
Search the Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Last update: 19 Jun 2024
Search for: Search type: Search limits: Display: Publication:
Text help
Starts with
Sounds like
Falls  Non-NWAs
What's new
  in the last:
Limit to approved meteorite names
Search text:  
Northwest Africa 12821
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 12821
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 12821
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2019
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 541 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 108  (2020)  EL3
Recommended:  EL3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 28 approved meteorites classified as EL3.   [show all]
Search for other: EL chondrites, Enstatite chondrites, Enstatite chondrites (type 3), and Enstatite-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 18 Aug 2019
Writeup from MB 108:

Northwest Africa 12821 (NWA 12821)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2019

Classification: Enstatite chondrite (EL3)

History: Purchased by Habib Naji, Morocco, 6 Jan 2019, from a nomad who reportedly found the meteorite.

Physical characteristics: Single stone with fusion crust, outlines of small chondrules are visible on the surface. Saw-cut surface reveals abundant bright metal/sulfide grains making up 15-20% of this meteorite. Numerous small chondrules are present in a dark gray matrix.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe examination of a polished mount shows many distinct, well formed chondrules with dominant enstatite and lesser forsterite, apparent mean diameter 375±200 μm (n=18). Some chondrules are mantled with metal or contain many fine-grained metal/sulfide inclusions. Very fine-grained metal is dispersed throughout the matrix, numerous larger metal grains up to 500 μm are ubiquitous. No feldspar was detected.

Geochemistry: : (C. Agee, UNM) Forsterite Fa0.3±0.2, n=20; enstatite Fs1.6±1.8Wo0.7±0.9, Fe/Mn=9±3 n=12; oldhamite Ca=52.9, Mn=1.12, S=43.2 (all wt%), n=3; Cr-bearing troilite Cr=2.7±1. (wt%), n=5; kamacite Ni=6.6±0.2, Si=1.32±0.02, n=10. Oxygen isotopes (K. Ziegler, UNM): 8 acid-washed fragments analyzed by laser fluorination gave, respectively δ18O= 5.892, 5.846, 6.049, 6.023, 6.068, 6.091, 6.402, 6.081; δ17O= 3.045, 3.119, 3.359, 3.212, 3.216, 3.168, 3.367, 3.254; Δ17O= -0.065, 0.032, 0.166, 0.032, 0.012, -0.048, -0.013, 0.043 (linearized, all per mil, TFL slope=0.528).

Classification: Enstatite chondrite (EL3), type 3 based on presence of numerous, well-formed type I chondrules. EL based on Si content of kamacite.

Specimens: 20.5 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Habib Naji holds the main mass.

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Place of purchase:Morocco
Date:P 2019
Mass (g):541
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):0.3±0.2
Ferrosilite (mol%):1.6±1.8
Wollastonite (mol%):0.7±0.9
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):20.5
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Habib Naji
Comments:Field name HN814; submitted by C. Agee, UNM
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)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 108 (2020) Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 55, 1146-1150
Find references in NASA ADS:
Find references in Google Scholar:

     This is 1 of 9776 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1862 unapproved names)

Direct link to this page