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Dhofar 306
Basic information Name: Dhofar 306
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: Dho 306
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2001
Country: Oman
Mass:help 12.9 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 87  (2003)  Lunar (anorthositic impact melt breccia)
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Lunar (anorth)
Recommended:  Lunar (anorth)    [explanation]

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Writeup from MB 87:

Dhofar 306


Found 2001 June 29

Lunar meteorite (anorthositic impact melt breccia)

A light-grey stone weighing 12.86 g was found in the Dhofar region of Oman. Mineralogy and classification (M. Nazarov, Vernad; L. Taylor, UTenn): fusion crust is absent; the meteorite is an impact melt breccia consisting from mineral fragments and lithic clasts cemented by fine-grained impact-melt matrix; clast population is dominated by impact melt breccias; granulites and cataclastic igneous rocks of anorthositic, troctolitic and noritic compositions are present; devitrified glass fragments occur also; a characteristic feature of the lithic clast population is abundant high mg# lithologies; feldspar, An93–98; orthopyroxene, Wo1–5En50–90; clinopyroxene; Wo10–48En30–75, olivine, Fo48–94 (Fe/Mn = 87 at); accessory minerals are Ti-rich chromite, Cr-pleonaste, ilmenite (3–8 wt% MgO), armalcolite, silica, Ca-phosphate, troilite, and FeNi metal (7–68 wt% Ni, 0.3–3.4 wt% Co); composition of the impact-melt matrix is SiO2 = 44.0, TiO2 = 0.15, Al2O3 = 27.2, Cr2O3 = 0.12, FeO = 4.00, MnO = 0.05, MgO = 7.55, CaO = 15.5, Na2O = 0.33, K2O = 0.04, P2O5 = 0.07 (wt%); the stone is moderately weathered; celestite, calcite, and Fe hydroxides are present. Dhofar 306 is different in texture and mineral chemistry from Dhofar 081/280, 302, 303, 305, and 307, which were found nearby. However, the meteorites may be paired. Specimens: type specimen, 2.6 g and a thin section, Vernad; main mass with anonymous finder.

Data from:
  Table 4
  Line 9:
Date:29 Jun 2001
Mass (g):12.86
Classifier:M. Nazarov, Vernad, L. Taylor, UTenn
Type spec mass (g):2.6
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UTenn: Planetary Geosciences Institute, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee, 1412 Circle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-1410, United States (institutional address; updated 1 Nov 2011)
Vernad: Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russia (institutional address; updated 21 Feb 2016)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 87, MAPS 38, A189-A248 (2003)
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     This is 1 of 2028 approved meteorites from Zufar, Oman (plus 3 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 3792 approved meteorites from Oman (plus 300 unapproved names)
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