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Northwest Africa 15497
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 15497
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 15497
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2020
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 11.9 g
Recommended:  Martian (shergottite)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 307 approved meteorites (plus 2 unapproved names) classified as Martian (shergottite).   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 11 Dec 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Northwest Africa 15497 (NWA 15497)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2020

Classification: Martian meteorite (Shergottite)

History: Purchased by Daoud Wabish in 2020 from a meteorite dealer in Northwest Africa.

Physical characteristics: Single fresh stone with shiny, black fusion crust with melt veins visible.

Petrography: (V. Mugica, CSUF; D. Sheikh, Cascadia) Specimen displays a predominantly subophitic texture comprised of subhedral, compositionally zoned, prismatic and equant pigeonite grains (avg. grain size = 0.38 mm; n=79). Maskelynite is tabular and prismatic (avg. grain size = 0.71 mm; n=54) unzoned and set within a fine-grained matrix that includes accessory chlorapatite, merrillite, titanomagnetite, troilite and silica glass. Melt pockets are sparsely distributed throughout the sample.

Geochemistry: Pigeonite (Fs59.0±15.1Wo17.4±3.4, range Fs32.2-83.9Wo10.9-24.9, Fe/Mn=35±4, n=95), High-Ca Pyroxene (Fs35.8±9.6Wo29.7±3.0, range Fs25.9-60.5Wo25.0-35.0, Fe/Mn=31±4, n=29), Maskelynite (An48.2±4.5Or2.7±1.6, range An40.8-54.1Or1.3-8.4, n=33).

Classification: Martian (shergottite).

Specimens: 2.42 grams at Cascadia, main mass with Daoud Wabish.

Data from:
  Table 0
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Place of purchase:Northwest Africa
Date:P 2020
Mass (g):11.88
Class:Martian (shergottite)
Shock stage:high
Weathering grade:low
Ferrosilite (mol%):59.0±15.1, 35.8±9.6
Wollastonite (mol%):17.4±3.4, 29.7±3.0
Classifier:V. Mugica, CSUF; D. Sheikh, Cascadia
Type spec mass (g):2.43
Type spec location:Cascadia
Main mass:Daoud Wabish
Comments:CML 1542; 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)
CSUF: California State University, Fullerton 800 N. State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92831-3599, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jul 2023)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 111, in preparation (2022)
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Public domain photographs:
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     This is 1 of 9429 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1876 unapproved names)

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