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Northwest Africa 15422
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 15422
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 15422
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2022
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 1220 g
Recommended:  LL3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 431 approved meteorites classified as LL3.   [show all]
Search for other: LL chondrites, LL chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Approved 12 Nov 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Northwest Africa 15422 (NWA 15422)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2022

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL3)

History: Purchased by Nicholas Gessler in 2022 from a Moroccan dealer.

Physical characteristics: An angular fusion-crusted individual stone (1220 g).

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and J. Boesenberg, BrownU) Well-formed unequilibrated chondrules (apparent diameter 700 ± 300 µm, N = 26) containing glass and devitrified glass are set in a fine grained matrix containing altered kamacite, taenite, troilite, chromite and very minor Cr-magnetite.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa21.7±11.1, range Fa5.0-46.0, N = 16; Cr2O3 in ferroan olivine 0.01-0.26 wt.%, mean 0.10±0.08 wt.%, N = 14), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs20.0±9.2Wo1.1±0.8, range Fs2.2-37.5Wo0.4-2.8, N = 15). Magnetic susceptibility log χ (× 10-9 m3/kg) = 3.62.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL3). The mean and standard deviation of Cr2O3 contents in ferroan olivine are consistent with a relatively low (but unspecified) petrologic subtype according to Figure 15a in Grossman and Brearley (2005).

Specimens: 37.0 g plus one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with Mr. N. Gessler.

  • Grossman J.N. and Brearley A.J. (2005) The onset of metamorphism in ordinary and carbonaceous chondrites. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 40, 87-122. (link)
Data from:
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Place of purchase:Morocco
Date:P 2022
Mass (g):1220
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W2
Fayalite (mol%):21.7±11.1
Ferrosilite (mol%):20.0±9.2
Wollastonite (mol%):1.1±0.8
Magnetic suscept.:3.62
Classifier:A. Irving, UWS, and J. Boesenberg, BrownU
Type spec mass (g):37.0
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:N. Gessler
Comments:Work name NG-FU; 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)
UWB: University of Washington, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 27 Jul 2012)
Gessler: Nicholas Gessler, 2010 Calgary Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90077, United States (private address; updated 7 Jul 2016)
BrownU: Brown University Providence, RI 02912, United States (institutional address; updated 7 Sep 2019)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 111, in preparation (2022)
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     This is 1 of 8745 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1880 unapproved names)

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