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Northwest Africa 13304
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 13304
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 13304
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2019
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 263 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 109  (2020)  Aubrite
Recommended:  Aubrite    [explanation]

This is 1 of 83 approved meteorites classified as Aubrite.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, Aubrites, Enstatite achondrites, and Enstatite-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 23 May 2020
Writeup from MB 109:

Northwest Africa 13304 (NWA 13304)

Northwest Africa

Purchased: 2019

Classification: Enstatite achondrite (Aubrite)

History: Two fragments of ~23 g purchased by Dustin Dickens October of 2019 in Morocco from Mohamed Amouri. Dustin later received an additional ~24 0g stone from Hammi in February of 2020 at the Tucson gem and mineral show.

Physical characteristics: Exterior has dark colored fusion crust patches. Saw cuts and broken surfaces reveal a breccia of fragmented white pyroxene grains, some up to several mm in size, set in a fine-grained matrix. Scattered brown-orange colored, oxidized metal grains are visible throughout.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite consists primarily of larger fragmental enstatite and diopside grains nested in a fine-grained, cataclastic matrix of enstatite and diopside. Kamacite, troilite, alabandite, and daubreelite were detected. Olivine and plagioclase were not detected.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee, UNM) Enstatite Fa0.1±0.1Wo1.3±0.3, n=5; diopside Fs0.0±0.0Wo42.1±4.7, n=2. Oxygen isotopes (K. Ziegler, UNM): 3 acid-washed fragments analyzed by laser fluorination gave δ18O= 5.511, 5.608, 5.742; δ17O= 2.868, 2.924, 3.004; Δ17O= -0.042, -0.037, -0.028 (linearized, all per mil, TFL slope=0.528).

Classification: Aubrite

Specimens: 20.1 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Dustin Dickens holds the main mass.

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Place of purchase:Morocco
Date:P 2019
Mass (g):263
Shock stage:moderate
Weathering grade:low
Ferrosilite (mol%):0.1±0.1, 0.0±0.0
Wollastonite (mol%):1.3±0.3, 42.1±4.7
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):20.1
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Dustin Dickens
Comments:Field name DD-61; submitted by C. Agee, UNM
Plots: O isotopes:  
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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. 109, in preparation (2020)
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     This is 1 of 9772 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1862 unapproved names)

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