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Northwest Africa 13036
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 13036
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 13036
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2019
Country: Morocco
Mass:help 1815 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 109  (2020)  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Recommended:  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 336 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (feldsp. breccia).   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 9 Feb 2020
Writeup from MB 109:

Northwest Africa 13036 (NWA 13036)


Purchased: 2020 Sep

Classification: Lunar (feldsp. melt breccia)

History: A group of stones found together about 30 km north of Tichia, southern Morocco at 24.502°N, 13.767°W (within the Talhat Lihoudi dense collection area) was initially offered by the finders for purchase jointly by Adam Aaronson and Ahmad Bouragaa in December 2019. Although a sample was provided for analysis, the owners and potential buyers of the stones could not reach an agreement. Subsequently in September 2020 Rachid Chaoui and Jaouad Chaoui purchased the entire batch of stones from the finders, and provided the additional type material and GPS coordinates of the find site.

Physical characteristics: The stones (total weight 1815 g) lack fusion crust but have a dark external weathering patina. Interiors are light gray and very fine grained with visible tiny rounded vesicles.

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and P. Carpenter, WUSL) Very fine grained specimen dominated by microvesicular, melt-textured crystalline material surrounding sparse small feldspathic lithic clasts. Minerals are anorthite, olivine, orthopyroxene, subcalcic augite, chromite, troilite and secondary barite.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa26.9-36.8, FeO/MnO = 73-93, N = 10), low-Ca  pyroxene (Fs17.4-18.4Wo3.4-5.1, FeO/MnO = 50-58, N = 2), subcalcic augite (Fs23.0Wo20.3, FeO/MnO = 42), anorthite (An95.9-97.5Or0.1, N = 4).

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic melt breccia). Although these stones were found in the same general region as lunar meteorite stone Talhat Lihoudi, they are distinct from it in both texture and mineral compositions.

Specimens: 21.6 g including a polished endcut at UWB; remainder with R. Chaoui and J. Chaoui.

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Place of purchase:Zagora
Date:P 2020 Sep
Mass (g):1815
Class:Lunar (feldsp. melt breccia)
Shock stage:high
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):26.9-36.8
Ferrosilite (mol%):17.4-18.4; 23.0
Wollastonite (mol%):3.4-5.1; 20.3
Classifier:A. Irving, UWS, and P. Carpenter, WUSL
Type spec mass (g):21.6
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:R. Chaoui/J. Chaoui
Comments:Work names M2221, AB85, RC140.1; submitted by A. Irving
   and collections
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
WUSL: Washington Univ., One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
UWB: University of Washington, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 9 Oct 2023)
Aaronson: Sahara Overland Ltd., Harhora, Temara, 12000, Morocco (private address; updated 3 Jan 2010)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 109, in preparation (2020)
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     Recommended::   (24° 30' 7"N, 13° 46' 1"W)

     This is 1 of 2082 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 31 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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