MetSoc Home            Publications            Contacts  
Search the Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Last update: 21 Jul 2024
Search for: Search type: Search limits: Display: Publication:
Text help
Starts with
Sounds like
Falls  Non-NWAs
What's new
  in the last:
Limit to approved meteorite names
Search text:  
Northwest Africa 15288
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 15288
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 15288
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2021
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 5.8 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 111  (2023)  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Recommended:  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 342 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (feldsp. breccia).   [show all]
Search for other: Lunar meteorites
Comments: Approved 1 Oct 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Northwest Africa 15288 (NWA 15288)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2021

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Purchased by Edwin Thompson in 2021 from a meteorite dealer in Algeria. Later purchased by Paul Stahura.

Physical characteristics: Single stone with no fusion crust observed.

Petrography: (D. Sheikh, Cascadia) Sample is a fragmental breccia consisting of sub-angular to sub-rounded mm-sized lithic and mineral clasts set within a fine-grained plagioclase-rich matrix. Lithic clast lithologies identified in the sample are primarily highland lithologies and include: anorthosites, olivine norites, noritic anorthosites, and anorthositic norites (Stoffler et al., 1980). Accessory phases include Cr-spinel, ilmenite, and SiO2-rich glass.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa22.9±3.6, range Fa18.6-32.6, Fe/Mn=86±10, n=16), Low-Ca Pyroxene (Fs20.8±1.0Wo3.7±0.6, range Fs19.5-21.8Wo2.8-4.1, Fe/Mn=49±8, n=4), Pigeonite (Fs21.5±1.6Wo14.8±6.4, range Fs19.1-23.3Wo7.3-23.3, Fe/Mn=46±7, n=5), Augite (Fs17.1±5.4Wo31.5±7.2, range Fs11.3-21.8Wo27.3-39.8, Fe/Mn=42±7, n=3), Calcic plagioclase (An97.1±0.6, range An95.7-97.9, n=27).

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic fragmental breccia).

Specimens: 20.7 g at Cascadia, main mass with Paul Stahura.

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Place of purchase:Algeria
Date:P 2021
Mass (g):5800
Class:Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Shock stage:moderate
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):22.9±3.6
Ferrosilite (mol%):20.8±1.0, 21.5±1.6, 17.1±5.4
Wollastonite (mol%):3.7±0.6, 14.8±6.4, 31.5±7.2
Classifier:D. Sheikh, Cascadia
Type spec mass (g):20.7
Type spec location:Cascadia
Main mass:Paul Stahura
Comments:CML 1533; 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)
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. ?
Find references in NASA ADS:
Find references in Google Scholar:

     This is 1 of 9829 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1851 unapproved names)

Direct link to this page