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Northwest Africa 8398
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 8398
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 8398
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2014
Country: Western Sahara
Mass:help 9.4 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 29 May 2014
Writeup from MB 103:

Northwest Africa 8398 (NWA 8398)

Western Sahara

Found: 2014

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3.2)

History: Found by a meteorite hunter on a 2014 Jan-Feb expedition in Western Sahara, and subsequently purchased by Darryl Pitt.

Physical characteristics: Single stone with dark weathered exterior. Saw cut reveals chondrules set in a dark brown matrix.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe examination of a polished mount shows numerous chondrules many in the range 50-300 μm, many metal/sulfide blebs, fine-grained matrix makes up about 30% of this meteorite.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and N. Muttik, UNM) Ferroan chondrule olivine Fa28.8±18.3, Fe/Mn=85±26, Cr2O3=0.12±0.09, n=41; low-Ca pyroxene Fs47.5±6.4Wo3.2±1.0, Fe/Mn=66±12, n=4; enstatite Fs3.1±1.9Wo1.3±1.0, n=11; aluminous diopside and diopside found.

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3.2) based on mean value and sigma of Cr2O3 in ferroan olivine, similar values to Rainbow (CO3.2) as reported in Grossman and Brearley (2005).

Specimens: 2.3 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, DPitt 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)
Data from:
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Mass (g):9.4
Fayalite (mol%):28.8±18.3
Ferrosilite (mol%):3.1±1.9, 47.5±6.4
Wollastonite (mol%):1.3±1.0, 3.2±1.0
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):2.3
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:D. Pitt
Comments:Field name MAC 0027; submitted by C. Agee, UNM
   and collections
UNM: Institute of Meteoritics MSC03 2050 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-1126 USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2015)
DPitt: Darryl Pitt, 225 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024, United States; Website (private address)
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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Western Sahara

     This is 1 of 261 approved meteorites from Western Sahara (plus 20 unapproved names)

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