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Gadamis 006
Basic information Name: Gadamis 006
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2022
Country: Libya
Mass:help 113 g
Recommended:  Lunar (anorth)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 80 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (anorth).   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 7 Jan 2023
Writeup from MB 112:

Gadamis 006        30.284°N, 11.005°E

Ghadamis, Libya

Purchased: 2022

Classification: Lunar meteorite (anorth)

History: This meteorite was found in Libya at the same location as Gadamis 002, 003, and 004, purchased by Ziyao Wang in 2022.

Physical characteristics: Single stone with patches of dark fusion crust and smooth, light green-colored patches. Exposed surfaces reveal cm-size clasts of anorthosite bounded by darker, fine-grained, cataclastic zones.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe analysis reveals a significantly brecciated, cataclastic anorthitic plagioclase host making up 98-99% of this meteorite. Poikiolitically enclosed in the plagioclase are sparse, very small olivine and pyroxene blebs (most in the range 5-10 μm). Larger pyroxene grains are scarce with two larger grains in size range of 300 μm observed in the microprobe mount. Together, olivine and pyroxene make up a total of ~1-2% of this meteorite, minor amounts of zircon, spinel, and silica were also detected.

Geochemistry: (A. Ross, UNM) Plagioclase An96.0±0.6Ab3.8±0.5Or0.2±0.1, n=4; olivine Fa39.5±0.3, Fe/Mn=103±5, n=6; pigeonite Fs39.2±3.2Wo5.6±3.7, Fe/Mn=61±3, n=3; augite Fs18.2±11.1Wo33.1±11.8, Fe/Mn=54±6, n=3.

Classification: Lunar ferroan anorthosite, cataclastic. Olivine, pigeonite and plagioclase compositional values plot within the FAN suite field (after Warren, 1993. The very high anorthite content (98-99%) and cataclastic texture is similar to Apollo 16 cataclastic FANs. Paired with Gadamis 002, Gadamis 003, Gadamis 004, and Gadamis 005.

Specimens: 20 g on deposit at UNM, Ziyao Wang holds the main mass.

  • Warren P.H. (1993) A concise compilation of petrologic information on possibly pristine nonmare Moon rocks. American Mineralogist 78 (3-4), 360-376. (link)
Data from:
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Date:P 2022
Mass (g):113
Class:Lunar (anorth)
Shock stage:high
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):39.5±0.3
Ferrosilite (mol%):39.2±3.2, 18.2±11.1
Wollastonite (mol%):5.6±3.7, 33.1±11.8
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):20
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Ziyao Wang
Comments:Field name WZY-08; submitted by C. Agee
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UNM: Institute of Meteoritics MSC03 2050 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-1126 USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2015)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 111, in preparation (2023)
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Ziyao Wang      

     Recommended::   (30° 17' 2"N, 11° 0' 18"E)

     This is 1 of 33 approved meteorites from Ghadamis, Libya (plus 2 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 1537 approved meteorites from Libya (plus 23 unapproved names) (plus 2 impact craters)
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