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Northwest Africa 8389
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 8389
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 8389
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2014
Country: Western Sahara
Mass:help 1961 g
Classification
  history:
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 103  (2014)  L6
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 11582 approved meteorites (plus 10 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 14 May 2014
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Writeup from MB 103:

Northwest Africa 8389 (NWA 8389)

Western Sahara

Found: 2014

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L6)

History: Found by a meteorite hunter on a January/February, 2014, expedition in an area just northwest of the Free Zone in Western Sahara, and subsequently purchased by Darryl Pitt.

Physical characteristics: Single stone with green-brown weathered exterior. Saw cut reveals scattered chondrules and metal/sulfide grains set in a green-brown matrix.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe examination of a polished mount shows equilibrated chondrules, plagioclase grain size up to 200 μm. Kamacite, troilite, and apatite.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and N. Muttik, UNM) Olivine Fa24.7±0.4, Fe/Mn=49±2, n=7; low-Ca pyroxene Fs20.6±0.2Wo1.7±0.1, Fe/Mn=28±1, n=7.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L6), weathering grade W1.

Specimens: 21.24 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Darryl Pitt holds the main mass.

Data from:
  MB103
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Date:2014
Mass (g):1961
Pieces:1
Class:L6
Fayalite (mol%):24.7±0.4
Ferrosilite (mol%):20.6±0.2
Wollastonite (mol%):1.7±0.1
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):21.24
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Darryl Pitt
Comments:Field name MAC 0014; submitted by C. Agee, UNM
Institutions
   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)
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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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Geography:

Western Sahara
Coordinates:Unknown.

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 239 approved meteorites from Western Sahara (plus 19 unapproved names)

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