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Northwest Africa 14112
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 14112
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 14112
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2021
Country: Algeria
Mass:help 3.4 kg
Recommended:  Eucrite-melt breccia    [explanation]

This is 1 of 63 approved meteorites classified as Eucrite-melt breccia.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, Eucrites, and HED achondrites
Comments: Approved 31 Aug 2021
Writeup from MB 110:

Northwest Africa 14112 (NWA 14112)

Tindouf, Algeria

Purchased: 2021

Classification: HED achondrite (Eucrite, melt breccia)

History: (C. Muñecas, Expometeoritos) One piece weighing 3400 g was found near Tindouf, Algeria. Carlos Muñecas purchased the sample from a dealer in Tindouf.

Physical characteristics: Sample has a dark-brown, wind-ablated exterior and has an irregular shape. Clasts and vesicular melt veins are visible on the surface. The cut face shows the interior has a brecciated texture composed of dark and light-colored mineral clasts rimmed crosscut with dark-colored melt.

Petrography: Description and classification (A. Love, App) Sample is a breccia dominated by subophitic-textured clasts composed of exsolved pyroxenes and plagioclase. Sample is crosscut by vesicular shock melt veins containing clasts of pyroxene and plagioclase. Some pyroxenes have undergone recrystallization into finer-grained mosaics. Some plagioclase shows spherulitic texture and when in proximity to melt veins shows partial conversion to maskelynite. Additional minerals are: Ti-poor chromite, merrillite, ilmenite, secondary calcite, a Si polymorph.

Geochemistry: (A. Love, App) Low-Ca pyroxene (Fs59.7±1.1Wo3.3±0.9, Mg#=38.2±0.7, Fe/Mn=27.8±0.9, n=12); high Ca pyroxene (Fs26.0±0.8Wo44.1±1.0, Fe/Mn=28.1±0.8, n=12); plagioclase (An91.8±2.5Or0.6±0.1, n=12).

Classification: HED achondrite (eucrite melt breccia). Based on textures, mineral compositions, magnetic susceptibility, sample is a basaltic eucrite melt breccia.

Specimens: Carlos Muñecas (Expometeoritos) holds the main mass. A polished thin section and a 28.57 g endcut are on deposit at App.

Data from:
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Place of purchase:Tindouf
Date:P 2021
Mass (g):3400
Class:Eucrite-melt breccia
Shock stage:M-S3
Weathering grade:low
Ferrosilite (mol%):59.7±1.1; 26.0±0.8
Wollastonite (mol%):3.3±0.9; 44.1±1.0
Magnetic suscept.:2.76
Classifier:A. Love, App
Type spec mass (g):28.57
Type spec location:App
Main mass:Carlos Muñecas (Expometeoritos)
Comments:Submitted by Anthony Love
   and collections
App: Department of Geology, 572 Rivers St., Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608, United States (institutional address; updated 7 Mar 2013)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 110, in preparation (2021)
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     This is 1 of 50 approved meteorites from Tindouf, Algeria (plus 1 impact crater)
     This is 1 of 1213 approved meteorites from Algeria (plus 29 unapproved names) (plus 4 impact craters)

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