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Tindouf 007
Basic information Name: Tindouf 007
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2020
Country: Algeria
Mass:help 1979 g
Recommended:  Iron, IAB complex    [explanation]

This is 1 of 77 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as Iron, IAB complex.   [show all]
Search for other: IAB complex irons, Iron meteorites, and Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 19 Dec 2021
Writeup from MB 110:

Tindouf 007        27°57.00’N, 7°56.78’W

Tindouf, Algeria

Find: 2020

Classification: Iron meteorite (IAB complex)

History: A single, 160 g oriented stone and 42 smaller masses were found in 2020, in an area approximately 40 km NW from Tindouf, locally known as Wad Alma ("water valley"). Purchased from a dealer in Tindouf in September 2020.

Physical characteristics: Masses have a dark brown, mottled exterior, with obvious terrestrial alteration. Cut surfaces of the examined specimens shown an equilibrated texture.

Petrography: (C. Herd and P. Hill, UAb) Petrographic investigation by optical and scanning electron microscopy reveals equant, mm to sub-mm kamacite grains with 120 grain boundaries. No high-Ni phases were observed. Silicate inclusions are present, but are heavily altered and were not identified. Some terrestrial alteration extends into the interior.

Geochemistry: ICP-MS data, using sample of North Chile (Filomena) as standard (C. Herd, P. Hill, and S. DuFrane UAb): Ni = 5.5, Co = 0.475 (both wt%); Ir = 2.9, Ga = 21, Ge = 55, As = 5.1, Sb = 0.15, Ru = 3.4, Re = 0.22, Os = 2.2, W = 2.2, Pt = 6.0, Cu = 216 (all μg/g).

Classification: (C. Herd and P. Hill, UAb): IAB iron, recrystallized. Closest to Main Group sub-group. Classification is based on Ni, Co, Ir, W, Cu, and Sb, by comparison with Wasson and Kallemeyn (2002), and the presence of silicate inclusions.

Specimens: Type specimen of 45 g consisting of three slices at UAb. Main mass with Juan Chen and Shun-Chung Yang.

  • Wasson J.T. and Kallemeyn, G.W. (2002) The IAB iron-meteorite complex: A group, five subgroups, numerous grouplets, closely related, mainly formed by crystal segregation in rapidly cooling melts. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 66 2445-2473 (link)
Data from:
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  Line 0:
Mass (g):1979
Class:Iron, IAB complex
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:moderate
Classifier:C. Herd, UAb
Type spec mass (g):45.0
Type spec location:UAb
Main mass:Juan Chen and Shun-Chung Yang
Comments:Submitted by C. Herd
   and collections
UAb: 1-26 Earth Sciences Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E3, Canada, Canada; Website (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 110, in preparation (2021)
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     Recommended::   (27° 57' 0"N, 7° 56' 47"W)

     This is 1 of 48 approved meteorites from Tindouf, Algeria (plus 1 impact crater)
     This is 1 of 1194 approved meteorites from Algeria (plus 28 unapproved names) (plus 4 impact craters)
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