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Northwest Africa 14608
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 14608
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 14608
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2014
Country: Mauritania
Mass:help 10 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 111  (2023)  L-melt breccia
Recommended:  L-melt breccia    [explanation]

This is 1 of 31 approved meteorites classified as L-melt breccia.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Melted chondrites, Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 29 Jan 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Northwest Africa 14608 (NWA 14608)

Adrar, Mauritania

Find: 2014

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L, melt breccia)

History: Edwin Thompson purchased from Mohamed Alkhalil, who said that 5 stones with a total mass of 10 kg were found in 2014 near the village of Chinguetti, in Adrar district, northern Mauritania. A 179.7 g end piece from one stone was donated to Cascadia.

Physical characteristics: Physical Characteristics: A glossy, dark weathered surface covers three sides of the sample donated to Cascadia. A single light colored chondrule 0.5 cm in diameter, and numerous protruding bumps of metal are visible on the exterior. The fourth side is a broken surface, which is the same dark gray as the exterior. A thin coating of reddish-brown patina covers approximately one-fourth of the broken surface. Smaller light colored chondrules can be seen on the broken surface, along with pits and small grains of metal/sulfide. A small corner was cut from the sample. The cut face contains a large (1.5 × 0.2 cm) discontinuous metal/sulfide vein, and numerous small (≤ 0.5 mm across) grains of metal. Approximately 5 % of the cut face is covered by vugs ≤ 0.5 mm across.

Petrography: (M. Hutson, A. Ruzicka, Cascadia): Abundant chondrules and chondrule fragments can be discerned in thin section; three large chondrules (1.5-2 mm diameter) contain irregularly-shaped light-colored interiors with black rims from which "fingers" extend into the interior. In reflected light, it can be seen that the black rims contain numerous very fine inclusions of sulfide. Small patches of inclusion-filled brown glass can be seen both between chondrules and in chondrule interiors. Most of the silicates in the section contain networks of small sulfide and metal grains. A large discontinuous vein composed predominantly of metal cuts partway across the section. Larger metal grains have scalloped edges and are often surrounded by troilite. Larger troilite grains are polycrystalline and many contain numerous silicate inclusions. Numerous large Cr-spinel grains (up to 150 µm across), many containing sulfide inclusions, are also present. BSE images show that interchondrule areas contain a mix of inclusion-poor feldspathic material that appears to have been fluidized and glassy, and a fine-grained (≤2 µm) assemblage of pyroxene, olivine, metal and sulfide set amidst feldspathic glass. Numerous vugs occur in the feldspathic patches. A single round object comprised of feldspathic material and Cr-spinel grains is present in thin section; the center of this object contains a small patch of inclusion-filled glass.

Geochemistry: Olivine Fa23.8±0.6, N=34; Low-Ca pyroxene Fs20.1±0.4Wo1.8±0.6, N=28; High-Ca pyroxene Fs8.7±0.7Wo42.1±1.5, N=6. Feldspathic material from five areas selected randomly across the section is fairly equilibrated: Ab80.9±0.8Or6.4±0.7, N=13; feldspathic material from the single chromite-feldspathic object is not equilibrated: Ab69.8±8.7Or4.5±1.6, N=11. Cr-spinel grains within the Cr-spinel-feldspathic object are also not equilibrated, with molar Cr# = 7.59 ± 8.9 Fe# = 76.0±3.0, N=6. Cr-spinel grains selected randomly across the section are equilibrated in Cr/(Cr + Al), with molar Cr# = 85.7±0.4 and Fe# = 73.0±1.7, N=8.

Classification: L-melt breccia based on mineral composition and texture.

Specimens: Cascadia holds 170.0 g in one piece, as well as a polished thin section and material in a potted butt; Thompson holds the main mass.

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Mass (g):10000
Class:L-melt breccia
Weathering grade:W1
Fayalite (mol%):23.8±0.6 (N=34)
Ferrosilite (mol%):20.1±0.4 (N=28)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.8±0.6 (N=28)
Classifier:M. Hutson and A. Ruzicka, Cascadia
Type spec mass (g):179.7
Type spec location:Cascadia
Main mass:Thompson
Comments:Lab number CML 1420; submitted by Melinda Hutson
   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)
Thompson: Edwin Thompson, 5150 Dawn St., Lake Oswego, OR 97035, United States (private address)
References: Published in Gattacceca J., McCubbin F. M., Grossman J. N., Schrader D. L., Chabot N. L., D’Orazio M., Goodrich C., Greshake A., Gross J., Joy K. H., Komatsu M. and Miao B. (2023) The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 111. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 58, 901–904. ?
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     This is 1 of 8 approved meteorites from Adrar, Mauritania (plus 1 impact crater)
     This is 1 of 227 approved meteorites from Mauritania (plus 2 unapproved names) (plus 2 impact craters)

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