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Northwest Africa 13967
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 13967
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 13967
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2015
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 252 g
Recommended:  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 283 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (feldsp. breccia).   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 17 Jul 2021
Writeup from MB 110:

Northwest Africa 13967 (NWA 13967)

(Northwest Africa)

Find: 2015

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Acquired by Jay Piatek in May 2015 from a Moroccan meteorite dealer.

Physical characteristics: (L. Garvie, ASU) A single irregular, sandblasted stone weighing 251.8 g. No fusion crust is visible. White clasts to 1.5 cm are visible at the surface. In a polished 7 × 3 cm section, gray, tan, and other lightly colored clasts vary in shape from angular to rounded with a maximum size of 1.5 centimeters. The dark matrix is locally vesicular. In a hand sample, there are visible carbonate veins, possibly as a result of terrestrial alternation.

Petrography: (T. Geraci, C. Kroemer, A. Wittmann, ASU) Polymict, angular to sub-rounded feldspathic clasts set in a glassy, vesicular groundmass. Clasts include medium-grained anorthosite, fine-to-medium grained granulite, one ferroan SiO2- and ilmenite-bearing melt, glassy and crystallized impact melts, including spherule fragments. The most common minerals are anorthite, magnesian olivine, and pyroxene; tissintite and corundum occur as components of the glassy groundmass. Less common minerals include SiO2, chromite, troilite, Fe-Ni metal, ilmenite, ZrO2, and zircon. Fractures are primarily filled by calcium carbonate and sometimes strontium-bearing barite, but mafic minerals and metal clasts are commonly not altered or oxidized.

Geochemistry: (T. Geraci, C. Kroemer, A. Wittmann, ASU) Olivine Fa19.1±6.9, range Fa5.3-27.4 (n=79), Low-Ca Pyroxene Fs28.2±14.2Wo4.3±3.0 (n=57), range Fs10.3-62.5Wo2.3-16.5. High-Ca Pyroxene Fs20.1±11.1Wo40.7±4.5, range Fs2.4-41.2Wo28.3-48.3 (n=31). Plagioclase An95.7±1.3Ab4.1±1.1Or0.2±0.1, range An90.2-97.6Ab2.3-9.5Or0.0-0.4 (n=63). Glass (wt% Mg/Al=0.24-0.53, avg. 0.32±0.05 (n=18). Kamacite 7.1±0.1 wt% Ni (range 7.0-7.2 wt%), 0.36 wt% Co (range 0.330.37 wt%). Martensite 10.9±4.1 wt% Ni, range 8.2-18.9 wt% Ni, 10.87±4.01 wt% Co, range 0.42-1.44 wt% Co.

Classification: Achondrite (lunar feldspathic breccia). Shock-lithified.

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Place of purchase:Online
Mass (g):251.8
Class:Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Shock stage:medium
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):19.1±6.9 (n=79)
Classifier:T. Geraci, C. Kroemer, A. Wittmann, L. Garvie, ASU
Type spec mass (g):34
Type spec location:ASU
Main mass:Jay Piatek
Comments:ASU#2153; submitted by L. Garvie
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ASU: Center for Meteorite Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-1404, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 14 Jan 2012)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 110, in preparation (2021)
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     This is 1 of 8674 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1882 unapproved names)

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