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Northwest Africa 16661
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 16661
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 16661
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2014
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 96.6 g
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 12995 approved meteorites (plus 11 unapproved names) classified as L6.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 11 Apr 2024
Writeup from MB 113:

Northwest Africa 16661 (NWA 16661)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2014 Sep 9

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L6)

History: Richard (Dick) Pugh purchased a single oriented whole stone in Casablanca, Morocco, on September 9, 2014, while attending the 77th annual meeting of the Meteoritical Society. He donated the meteorite to Cascadia on January 17, 2020.

Physical characteristics: Physical Characteristics: The sample consists of a single oriented stone. Remnants of weathered fusion crust cover approximately one-half of the stone’s exterior. The cut face is medium brownish-gray, crosscut by dark gray-to-black veins.

Petrography: (M. Hutson, F. Hollett-Brown, and A. Ruzicka, Cascadia): Chondrules are indistinct from coarse matrix in thin section. Much of the feldspathic material (~ 150 µm wide) is maskelynite. The thin section is crosscut by large opaque veins. BSE imaging shows that the veins widen into a layered dike in places, with a central clast-rich zone containing abundant tiny rounded metal-sulfide grains surrounded on either side by a clast-poor zone with fewer, but larger, rounded metal-sulfide grains. Opaque grains outside of the veins are intergrowths of metal and sulfide, having a "fizzed" texture. Silicates in the thin section are stained yellow; replacement of metal and sulfide is approximately 20%. Additional phases observed include chromite, merrillite, and chlorapatite.

Geochemistry: Olivine: Fa25.5±0.2, N=8; low-Ca pyroxene: Fs21.8±0.5Wo1.7±0.2, N=8; plagioclase feldspar: Ab85.3±0.9Or7.8±0.3An6.8±0.8, N=6

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L6) based on texture and mineral chemistry.

Specimens: Cascadia holds 93.9 g in three pieces, as well as a polished thin section.

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Place of purchase:Casablanca, Morocco
Date:P 2014 Sep 9
Mass (g):96.6
Shock stage:S5
Weathering grade:W2
Fayalite (mol%):25.5±0.2 (N=8)
Ferrosilite (mol%):21.8±0.5 (N=8)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.7±0.2 (N=8)
Classifier:M. Hutson, F. Hollett-Brown, and A. Ruzicka, Cascadia
Type spec mass (g):93.9
Type spec location:Cascadia
Main mass:Cascadia
Comments:Lab number CML 1303; submitted by Melinda Hutson
   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)
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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