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Northwest Africa 8345
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 8345
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 8345
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2013
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 986 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 103  (2014)  CO3.2
Recommended:  CO3.2    [explanation]

This is 1 of 13 approved meteorites classified as CO3.2.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 3), CM-CO clan chondrites, and CO chondrites
Comments: Approved 27 Apr 2014
Writeup from MB 103:

Northwest Africa 8345 (NWA 8345)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2013

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3.2)

History: Purchased by Sean Tutorow from a Moroccan dealer in Quartzsite, Arizona, January 2013.

Physical characteristics: Three pieces that fit together, partial black fusion crust, saw cut reveals many sub-mm chondrules and sparse small CAIs set in a dark gray-brown matrix.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe examination of a polished mount shows numerous, small (50-400 μm) unequilibrated chondrules, many are porphyritic, fine grained matrix makes up approximately 30% of this meteorite. Melilite, anorthite, Ti-rich aluminous diopside, aluminous diopside, aluminous enstatite, aluminous low-Ca pyroxene, augite, troilite and Fe-Ni metal detected.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and N. Muttik, UNM) Type I chondrules: olivine Fa1.3±0.4, n=7; enstatite Fs1.9.±1.7Wo0.8±1.6, n=6. Type II chondrules: olivine Fa31.5±17.6, Fe/Mn=91±26, Cr2O3=0.14±0.09 wt%, n=23; low-Ca pyroxene Fs5.5±4.3Wo1.6±1.3, n=6.

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3.2). Type 3.2 based on mean value and sigma of Cr2O3 in ferroan chondrule olivines, as given by Grossman and Brearley (2005).

Specimens: 21 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Sean Tutorow holds the main mass.

  • Grossman J.N. and Brearley A.J. (2005) The onset of metamorphism in ordinary and carbonaceous chondrites. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 40, 87-122. (link)
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Place of purchase:Morocco
Date:P 2013
Mass (g):986.14
Fayalite (mol%):1.3±0.4, 31.5±17.6
Ferrosilite (mol%):1.9.±1.7, 5.5±4.3
Wollastonite (mol%):0.8±1.6, 1.6±1.3
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):21
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Sean Tutorow
Comments:Field name G513; submitted by C. Agee, UNM
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UNM: Institute of Meteoritics MSC03 2050 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-1126 USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2015)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 103, MAPS 52, 1014, May 2017, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.12888/full
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     This is 1 of 8745 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1880 unapproved names)

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