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Dhofar 303
Basic information Name: Dhofar 303
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: Dho 303
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2001
Country: Oman
Mass:help 4.15 g
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  Lunar (anorth)
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 86  (2002)  Lunar (anorthositic impact melt conglomerate)
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Lunar (anorth)
Recommended:  Lunar (anorth)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 82 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (anorth).   [show all]
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Writeup from MB 86:

Dhofar 303


Found 2001 June 28

Lunar meteorite (anorthositic impact melt conglomerate)

A light grey stone weighting 4.15 g was found in the Dhofar region of Oman. Mineralogy and classification (M. Nazarov, Vernad; L. Taylor, UTenn): fusion crust is absent; meteorite has a typical conglomerate texture; rounded lithic clasts are cemented by a very fine-grained impact melt matrix; clasts of impact melt breccias are most abundant and show commonly breccia-in-breccia textures; primary igneous rocks and granulites are rare and have mainly anorthositic and troctolitic compositions; feldspar, An94–99; orthopyroxene, Wo1–5En19–89; clinopyroxene, Wo6–46En29–70; olivine, Fo48–88 (Fe/Mn ≈ 87 atom%); accessory minerals are Ti-rich chromite, ilmenite (3–6 wt% MgO), Al-Cr-Zr-rich armalcolite, rutile, troilite, and FeNi metal (1–37 wt% Ni; 0.2–2.3 wt% Co); composition of the impact melt matrix is SiO2 = 44.0, TiO2 = 0.15, Al2O3 = 29.8, Cr2O3 = 0.06, FeO = 3.17, MnO = 0.06, MgO = 4.91, CaO = 17.0, Na2O = 0.34, K2O = 0.01, P2O5 = 0.03 (wt%); the stone is moderately weathered; celestite, barite, gypsum, calcite and Fe hydroxides are present. The conglomerate texture and degree of weathering distinguish Dhofar 303 from Dhofar 302 and Dhofar 081/280, which were found nearby.  However the meteorites may be paired. Specimens: type specimen, 0.85 g plus a thin section, Vernad; main mass with anonymous finder.

Data from:
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Date:28 Jun 2001
Latitude:19° 19.8'N
Mass (g):4.15
Classifier:M. Nazarov (Vernad) and L. Taylor (UTenn)
Type spec mass (g):0.85
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UTenn: Planetary Geosciences Institute, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee, 1412 Circle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-1410, United States (institutional address; updated 1 Nov 2011)
Vernad: Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russia (institutional address; updated 21 Feb 2016)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 86, MAPS 37, A157-A184 (2002)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (19° 20'N, 54° 47'E)
     Recommended::   (19° 19' 48"N, 54° 47' 0"E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 0.4 km apart

     This is 1 of 2167 approved meteorites from Zufar, Oman (plus 24 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 4002 approved meteorites from Oman (plus 436 unapproved names)
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