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Tifariti 002
Basic information Name: Tifariti 002
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2022
Country: Western Sahara
Mass:help 5.8 kg
Recommended:  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 329 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (feldsp. breccia).   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 6 Aug 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Tifariti 002        26.008°N, 10.494°W

Saguia el Hamra, Western Sahara

Purchased: 2022 Apr

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Found near Bir Tiguisit, southern Morocco. Some of this material was purchased by Ziyao Wang in April 2022 from a dealer in Laayoune, Morocco.

Physical characteristics: One large (3.4 kg) dark gray stone lacking fusion crust plus many smaller fragments (total 2.4 kg).

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and P. Carpenter, WUSL) Breccia composed of mineral clasts of anorthite, olivine, low-Ca pyroxene, subcalcic augite and augite in a fine grained matrix containing ilmenite, Ti-chromite, baddeleyite, troilite, kamacite and taenite, plus minor secondary Fe oxides and barite.

Geochemistry: Anorthite (An97.2-97.6Or0.1-0.0, N = 3), olivine (Fa19.6-57.9, FeO/MnO = 81-92, N = 4), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs20.9-32.6Wo3.3-2.7, FeO/MnO = 52-63, N = 3), subcalcic augite (Fs41.6Wo20.9, FeO/MnO = 54), augite (Fs11.1-13.5Wo40.0-44.7, FeO/MnO = 38-45, N = 2).

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia)

Specimens: 21.4 g including a polished endcut at UWB; 192 g with WangZ; remainder including the 3.4 kg main mass with Mr. S. Ben Badi.

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
State/Prov/County:Saguia el Hamra
Place of purchase:Laayoune
Date:P 2022 Apr
Mass (g):5800
Class:Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):19.6-57.9
Ferrosilite (mol%):20.9-32.6; 11.1-13.5
Wollastonite (mol%):3.3-2.7; 40.0-44.7
Classifier:A. Irving, UWS, and P. Carpenter, WUSL
Type spec mass (g):21.4
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:Said Ben Badi/WangZ
Comments:Work name WZY-22A; 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, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 9 Oct 2023)
WangZ: Ziyao Wang, Hebei GEO University North Campus, Huai An dong road 127, Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province , China (private address; updated 25 Jun 2021)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 111, in preparation (2022)
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Western Sahara
     Recommended::   (26° 0' 29"N, 10° 29' 38"W)

     This is 1 of 109 approved meteorites from Saguia el Hamra, Western Sahara (plus 1 unapproved name)
     This is 1 of 272 approved meteorites from Western Sahara (plus 20 unapproved names)
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