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Northwest Africa 14417
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 14417
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 14417
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2020
Country: Mauritania
Mass:help 44.8 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 110  (2022)  CVox3
MB 113  (2024)  CVoxB3
Recommended:  CVoxB3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 5 approved meteorites classified as CVoxB3.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 3), CV chondrites, and CV-CK clan chondrites
Comments: Approved 27 Nov 2021
Revised 27 Mar 2024: Updated class per metbull text
Writeup from MB 110:

Northwest Africa 14417 (NWA 14417)


Find: 2020

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CVox3)

History: Found in Spring 2020 in northeast Mauritania by some soldiers and subsequently sold to a Mauritanian meteorite dealer. Later purchased in Fall 2020 by Geologist Juan Avilés Poblador.

Physical characteristics: Single stone with slightly weathered fusion crust.

Petrography: (D. Sheikh, Cascadia) This sample contains chondrules (Av. 1.0 mm, up to 2.5 mm; ~50 vol. %) and CAIs set within a mostly opaque, fine-grained matrix (~ 50 vol. %) containing accessory magnetite and Ni-bearing sulfides.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa25.1±14.7, range Fa6.9-49.9, n=10), Low-Ca Pyroxene (Fs5.2±3.9Wo2.4±1.3, range Fs1.2-8.9Wo0.9-3.4, n=5). Sulfides have average Ni content 11.5±5.2 wt% (n=4).

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CVox3). The mineral compositions and texture indicate classification as a CV3. The magnetic susceptibility and Ni concent of sulfides indicate classification to the Bali subgroup of oxidized CV3 chondrites Gattacceca et al., 2020.

Specimens: 9.03 grams and a thin section at Cascadia; main mass with Juan Avilés Poblador.

  • Gattacceca J.,Bonal L.,Sonzognia C., and Longereya J. (2020) CV chondrites: More than one parent body. Earth Planet. Sci. Letts. 547, 116467. (link)
Data from:
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Mass (g):44.8
Shock stage:S3
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):25.1±14.7
Ferrosilite (mol%):5.2±3.9
Wollastonite (mol%):2.4±1.3
Magnetic suscept.:4.36
Classifier:D. Sheikh, Cascadia
Type spec mass (g):9.03
Type spec location:Cascadia
Main mass:Juan Avilés Poblador
Comments:Submitted by Daniel Sheikh
   and collections
Cascadia: Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory, Portland State University, Department of Geology, Room 17 Cramer Hall, 1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 28 Oct 2011)
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 227 approved meteorites from Mauritania (plus 2 unapproved names) (plus 2 impact craters)

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