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Northwest Africa 14705
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 14705
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 14705
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2019
Country: Morocco
Mass:help 181.5 g
Recommended:  Lunar (feldsp. breccia)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 288 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (feldsp. breccia).   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 19 Mar 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Northwest Africa 14705 (NWA 14705)


Purchased: 2019 Nov

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Purchased by Ziyao Wang from a Moroccan dealer at the China International Mineral and Gem show in Beijing in November 2019.

Physical characteristics: The single stone is dark brown in color. There are some black patches of fusion crust on the surface, and some rust and white specks are visible. The interior is a fine-grained black matrix.

Petrography: Petrology (H. Chen, L. Xie, Z. Xia, GUT): It shows typical breccia structure and large-area melt. Fragmental breccia mainly composed of mineral fragments, and impact melt clasts set in a fine-grained partly shock-melted groundmass. The main minerals are calcic plagioclase, olivine and pyroxene. Minor phases include ilmenite and FeS. The matrix is dominated by very-fine particles and glass (<10 ?m). The chemical composition of the glass is similar to that of anorthite.

Geochemistry (L. Xie and H. Chen, GUT): Plagioclase: An95.7-97.2Or0-0.26 (n=12); Olivine: Fo63.7-68.3, Fe/Mn=75-95 (n=14); Pigeonite: Fs25.2-26.4Wo7.5-8.8, Fe/Mn=54-65 (n=10); High-Ca pyroxene: Fs16.6-25.2Wo26.7-42.2, Fe/Mn=39-54 (n=8)

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia)

Specimens: A total of 20 g of sample and one polished mount are on deposit at GUT. The owner Ziyao Wang holds the main mass.

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Place of purchase:Beijing, China
Date:P 2019 Nov
Mass (g):181.5
Class:Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Classifier:H. Chen, L. Xie, Z. Xia, GUT
Type spec mass (g):20
Type spec location:GUT
Main mass:Ziyao Wang
Comments:Submitted by Bingkui Miao
   and collections
GUT: College of Earth Sciences, Guilin University of Technology, 12 Jiangan Road, Guilin 541004, China (institutional address; updated 18 Oct 2012)
Beijing: Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China (institutional address; updated 16 Oct 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 111, in preparation (2022)
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     This is 1 of 1902 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 27 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)

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