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Northwest Africa 16327
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 16327
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 16327
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2021
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 31.01 kg
Recommended:  L4    [explanation]

This is 1 of 2102 approved meteorites (plus 5 unapproved names) classified as L4.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 22 Jan 2024
Writeup from MB 113:

Northwest Africa 16327 (NWA 16327)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2021 Sept

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L4)

History: A single stone was purchased via post from Australia by Naren King owner of Crystal Castle in September 2021 from Moroccan meteorite dealer Mohamed Elguirah, who purchased it at an earlier time in northwest Africa from an unknown source.

Physical characteristics: A single red brown stone of approximately 31 kg with metal and chondrules visible through a mostly wind polished exterior. Some sandblasted fusion crust remains. The stone has a somewhat pyramidal shape.

Petrography: (D. Dickens, CCMS) Optical and microprobe examination of polished probe mount and BSE images show an unbrecciated chondritic texture with sparse equilibrated chondrules lacking sharp delineation set in a coarse-grained recrystallized matrix containing stained metal, and accessory oxides and sulfides. No Plagioclase was observed in the matrix.

Geochemistry: (D. Dickens, CCMS) Olivine Fa24.8±0.3, range Fa24.6-25.0, n=2; low-Ca pyroxene Fs21.7±1.6Wo1.4±0.2, range Fs20.4-25.7Wo1.1-1.7, n=10.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L4)

Specimens: Type specimen location Cascadia; Main mass with Naren King

Data from:
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Place of purchase:Northwest Africa
Date:P 2021 Sept
Mass (g):31008
Weathering grade:W3
Fayalite (mol%):24.8±0.3
Ferrosilite (mol%):21.7±1.6
Wollastonite (mol%):1.4±0.2
Classifier:D. Dickens, CCMS
Type spec mass (g):37g
Type spec location:Cascadia
Main mass:Naren King
Comments:Field name NK01; submitted by D. Dickens
   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)
CCMS: Colorado Center for Meteoritic Studies 6200 Becker LN Loveland, CO 80538, United States (private address; updated 22 Jan 2024)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 113, in preparation (2024)
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     This is 1 of 9829 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1851 unapproved names)

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