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Northwest Africa 13878
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 13878
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 13878
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2021
Country: Morocco
Mass:help 2.18 kg
Recommended:  Ureilite    [explanation]

This is 1 of 610 approved meteorites classified as Ureilite.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, Ureilites
Comments: Approved 10 Apr 2021
Writeup from MB 110:

Northwest Africa 13878 (NWA 13878)


Purchased: 2021

Classification: Ureilite

History: (C. Muñecas, Expometeoritos) Samples were found by a nomad in a place in northwest Africa of unknown coordinates. These meteorites were eventually purchased by Carlos Muñecas in Errachidia.

Physical characteristics: The sample has a roughly tetragonal shape. The exterior of sample is coated in an orangish brown wind ablated fusion crust that wraps around the back in some places. The broken face shows the is crystalline.

Petrography: Description and classification (A. Love, App) Sample shows protogranular texture dominated by 1370µm (avg. L.D., n=70) olivine with subordinate twinned pigeonite showing graphite and fine blebby Fe metal at reduced grain boundaries. Additional minerals are: sparse FeNi metal and rare sulfides.

Geochemistry: Olivine: cores Fa19.7±0.7, Fe/Mn=40.3±2.8, Cr2O3=0.7±0.0; reduced rims Fa14.6±2.7, Fe/Mn=28.2±5.8, Cr2O3=0.7±0.0 n=12; pigeonite Fs16.4±0.1Wo7.5±0.0, Fe/Mn=24.1±0.40, n=6.

Classification: (Ureilite) Mineral compositions and textures suggest sample is a ureilite.

Specimens: Carlos Muñecas (Expometeoritos) holds the 1324 g main mass. A polished thin section, an oriented individual and several small fragments weighing 23.09 g are on deposit at App.

Data from:
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Place of purchase:Errachidia
Date:P 2021
Mass (g):2181
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:moderate
Fayalite (mol%):19.7±0.7; 14.6±2.7
Ferrosilite (mol%):16.4±0.1
Wollastonite (mol%):7.5±0.0
Magnetic suscept.:4.21
Classifier:A. Love, App
Type spec mass (g):23.09
Type spec location:App
Main mass:Carlos Muñecas (Expometeoritos)
Comments:Submitted by Anthony Love
   and collections
App: Department of Geology, 572 Rivers St., Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608, United States (institutional address; updated 7 Mar 2013)
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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     This is 1 of 1903 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 27 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)

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