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Awsserd 002
Basic information Name: Awsserd 002
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2020
Country: Western Sahara
Mass:help 427 g
Recommended:  Pallasite    [explanation]

This is 1 of 76 approved meteorites classified as Pallasite.   [show all]
Search for other: Metal-rich meteorites, Pallasites
Comments: Approved 21 Feb 2021
Writeup from MB 110:

Awsserd 002        22.607°N, 14.508°W

Western Sahara

Find: 2019

Classification: Pallasite

History: Purportedly found in 2019 about 20 kilometers west of Aousserd, southern Morocco at 22.607°N, 14.508°W, and purchased in September 2020 from the finder by Juan Avilés Poblador on behalf of UAlic.

Physical characteristics: A single specimen (427 g) with a rusty brown, jagged exterior but fresh interior dominated by metal and yellow-brown olivine.

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and P. Carpenter, WUSL) Composed predominantly of subequal amounts of olivine (grainsize up to 1.2 cm) and fresh metal (kamacite plus taenite) with minor accessory chromite.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa13.2-13.4, FeO/MnO = 37-40, N = 4), kamacite (Ni = 6.8 wt.%), taenite (Ni = 15.0 wt.%, 38.6 wt.%, N = 2).

Classification: Pallasite.

Specimens: 30 g in the form of a polished slice at UWB; remainder in the collection of UAlic.

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Place of purchase:Morocco
Mass (g):427
Shock stage:low
Fayalite (mol%):13.2-13.4
Classifier:A. Irving, UWS, and P. Carpenter, WUSL
Type spec mass (g):30.0
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:University of Alicante
Comments:Work name JAP20-1; 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, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 27 Jul 2012)
UAlic: Earth Sciences Department University of Alicante San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain (institutional address; updated 9 Feb 2020)
References: Published in Gattacceca J., McCubbin F.M., Grossman J., Bouvier A., Chabot N.L., D'Orazio M., Goodrich C., Greshake A., Gross J., Komatsu M., Miao B., and Schrader D. (2022) The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 110. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 1-4
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Western Sahara
     Recommended::   (22° 36' 25"N, 14° 30' 29"W)

     This is 1 of 264 approved meteorites from Western Sahara (plus 19 unapproved names)
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