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Amgala 001
Basic information Name: Amgala 001
     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 34.67 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 112  (2023)  Martian (shergottite)
Recommended:  Martian (shergottite)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 322 approved meteorites (plus 2 unapproved names) classified as Martian (shergottite).   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 30 Jul 2023
Writeup from MB 112:

Amgala 001        26.014°N, 11.020°W

Saguia el Hamra, Western Sahara

Purchased: 2022 Dec

Classification: Martian meteorite (Shergottite)

History: Multiple stones were found together in December 2022 near Meharrize. Said Muftah Bachir and Ziyao Wang bought 12 kg together from the finders, including the largest 5200 g individual; Mark Lyon acquired 19165 g from two different dealers; Aziz Habibi obtained 3500 g from another dealer.

Physical characteristics: Weathered exterior surfaces of the stones are brown with a distinctive knobby appearance. Fresh interiors are greenish-gray with darker olivine phenocrysts visible.

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS, and P. Carpenter, WUSL) Zoned olivine phenocrysts (up to 2 mm in length) are set in a groundmass with variable grainsize composed predominantly of prismatic, zoned clinopyroxene and lath-like maskelynite, together with accessory alkali feldspar, pyrrhotite, ulvöspinel, chromite (with variable Ti content), ilmenite, baddeleyite and chlorapatite. Thin opaque shock veins crosscut the specimen as well as secondary calcite veinlets. Olivine phenocrysts contain small patches of alteration products (red-brown in thin section).

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa31.7-56.6, FeO/MnO = 52-55, N = 5), pigeonite (Fs27.7-48.4Wo10.4-9.8, FeO/MnO = 29-35, N = 3), subcalcic augite (Fs20.7-30.4Wo32.5-34.6, FeO/MnO = 28-32, N = 2), maskelynite (An47.4-50.5Or2.2-1.7, N = 2), alkali feldspar (Ab49.4Or34.0An16.7).

Classification: Shergottite (olivine-phyric).

Specimens: 68.3 g including one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with Mr. S. Bachir/WangZ (12 kg), Mr. M. Lyon (19165 g) and Mr. A. Habibi (3500 g).

Data from:
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State/Prov/County:Saguia el Hamra
Place of purchase:Algeria and Morocco
Date:P 2022 Dec
Mass (g):34665
Class:Martian (shergottite)
Shock stage:high
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):31.7-56.6
Ferrosilite (mol%):27.7-48.4; 20.7-30.4
Wollastonite (mol%):8.0-10.4; 32.5-34.6
Classifier:(A. Irving, UWS, and P. Carpenter, WUSL)
Type spec mass (g):68.3
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:M. Lyon/S. Bachir and WangZ/A. Habibi
Comments:Work name SMB-20; 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. 112, in preparation (2023)
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Western Sahara
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     This is 1 of 117 approved meteorites from Saguia el Hamra, Western Sahara (plus 1 unapproved name)
     This is 1 of 280 approved meteorites from Western Sahara (plus 20 unapproved names)
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