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Northwest Africa 14139
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 14139
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 14139
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2021
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 192 g
Recommended:  C3-ung    [explanation]

This is 1 of 26 approved meteorites classified as C3-ung.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 3), and Ungrouped chondrites
Comments: Approved 31 Aug 2021
Writeup from MB 110:

Northwest Africa 14139 (NWA 14139)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2021 Apr

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (C3, ungrouped)

History: Purchased by Ziyao Wang in April 2021 from a dealer in Ouargla, Algeria.

Physical characteristics: A batch of many fine grained, friable black stones (total weight 192 g).

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and P. Carpenter, WUSL; L. Garvie, ASU) Optical microscopy coupled with electron microprobe analyses and imaging reveal the presence of very small, glass-bearing chondrules (apparent diameter 270±130 µm, N = 20), mineral fragments and AOA set in an ultra fine-grained matrix (~50 vol.%, opaque in thin section) containing iron sulfide, pentlandite, low-Ti chromite and minor secondary calcite. No CAI were observed. The powder X-ray diffraction profile is dominated by intense reflections for olivine (dominated by magnesian compositions), clinoenstatite, pyrrhotite, pentlandite and calcite. These reflections sit on a medium intensity, broad scattering peak centered around 33° 2theta (Cu K alpha), indicative of amorphous material. Although distinct reflections for phyllosilicates are absent, there is a broad low-angle scattering centered around 13 Å.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa29.7±23.9, range Fa0.8-65.4, N = 6), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs2.2±2.5Wo2.5±1.9, range Fs0.7-6.6Wo1.0-4.7, N = 5), augite (Fs13.7±17.7Wo39.4±2.3, range Fs1.2-26.2Wo41.0-37.7, N = 2). Oxygen isotopes (K. Ziegler, UNM): analyses of acid-washed subsamples by laser fluorination gave, respectively, δ17O -4.933, -5.739, -1.985; δ18O 1.002, 0.221, 4.810; Δ17O -5.462, -5.856, -4.525 per mil (all data linearized).

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (C3 ungrouped). This material resembles Telakoast 001 in many respects, including textures, mineralogy, mineral compositions and oxygen isotopes (plotting in the same region below the CCAM trend).

Specimens: 24 g including one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with WangZ.

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Place of purchase:Ouargla, Algeria
Date:P 2021 Apr
Mass (g):192
Shock stage:S1
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):29.7±23.9
Ferrosilite (mol%):2.2±2.5
Wollastonite (mol%):2.5±1.9
Classifier:A. Irving, UWS, and P. Carpenter, WUSL
Type spec mass (g):24
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:WangZ
Comments:Work name WZY-42; submitted by A. Irving
Plots: O isotopes:  
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ASU: Center for Meteorite Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-1404, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 14 Jan 2012)
UNM: Institute of Meteoritics MSC03 2050 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-1126 USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2015)
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
WUSL: Washington Univ., One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
UWB: University of Washington, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 27 Jul 2012)
WangZ: Ziyao Wang, Hebei GEO University North Campus, Huai An dong road 127, Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province , China (private address; updated 25 Jun 2021)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 110, in preparation (2021)
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     This is 1 of 8674 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1882 unapproved names)

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