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Northwest Africa 11908
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 11908
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 11908
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2018
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 12.34 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 107  (2018)  LL3
Recommended:  LL3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 452 approved meteorites classified as LL3.   [show all]
Search for other: LL chondrites, LL chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Approved 24 Jul 2018
Writeup from MB 107:

Northwest Africa 11908 (NWA 11908)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2018

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL3)

History: Darryl Pitt purchased from Said Haddany at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in January 2018

Physical characteristics: Single stone. A saw cut reveals numerous distinct, closely packed chondrules, a few up to 4mm in diameter, set in a dark brown matrix.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe examination reveals many porphyritic chondrules with mesostasis and glass, abundant opaque matrix. Apparent mean chondrule diameter 800±625 μm, n=47.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee, UNM) Olivine Fa16.8±8.3, Cr2O3=0.09±0.05, Fe/Mn=52±21, n=31; low-Ca pyroxene Fs12.5±9.4Wo1.2±1.1, Fe/Mn=24±15, n=10.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL3), estimated sub-type LL3.2-3.3 based on mean Fa content of olivine and the 1-sigma Fa content of olivine, and on mean Cr2O3 content of ferroan olivine and the 1-sigma Cr2O3 content of ferroan olivine (Grossman and Brearley, 2005). Similar to St. Mary's County (LL3.3), GRO 95502 (L3.2) and GRO 95544 (L3.2).

Specimens: 24.4 g on deposit at UNM, MMGM 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)
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Place of purchase:Tucson
Date:P 2018
Mass (g):12338
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W1
Fayalite (mol%):16.8±8.3
Ferrosilite (mol%):12.5±9.4
Wollastonite (mol%):1.2±1.1
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):24.4
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:MMGM
Comments:MVCH-333; 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)
MMGM: Maine Mineral and Gem Museum, PO Box 500, 99 Main St., Bethel, ME 04217, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 9 Jan 2020)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 107, MAPS 55, 460-462
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     This is 1 of 9116 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1873 unapproved names)

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