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Northwest Africa 14957
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 14957
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 14957
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2019
Country: Mali
Mass:help 1999 g
Recommended:  Iron, IIIAB    [explanation]

This is 1 of 336 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IIIAB.   [show all]
Search for other: IIIAB irons, Iron meteorites, and Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 5 Jul 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Northwest Africa 14957 (NWA 14957)


Purchased: 2019 Nov

Classification: Iron meteorite (IIIAB)

History: A 1998.7 g end piece was purchased from a dealer in Erfoud in November 2019. The mass is believed to have originated in Mali. The weight of the complete mass is unknown; the remainder of the main mass was reportedly sold to a dealer in China.

Physical characteristics: The uncut surface of the 1998.7 g end piece is blanketed in regmaglypts except for a large heart-shaped recess from which it would appear two adjacent inclusions had been ejected.

Petrography: (C. Herd, UAb) Optical examination of a ~5.5 × 7.5 cm polished and etched surface reveals a well-developed Widmanstätten pattern with average kamacite bandwidth 1.0±0.2 mm (n=50). Some mm-scale troilite inclusions are apparent. Minor alteration extends along a fracture into the interior.

Geochemistry: ICP-MS data, using sample of North Chile (Filomena) as standard (C. Herd, P. Hill, and S. DuFrane UAb): Ni = 7.7, Co = 0.481 (both wt%); Ir = 7.9, Ga = 22, Ge = 42, As = 3.4, Sb = 0.03, Pt = 11.8, Cu = 186, Au = 0.46 (all µg/g).

Classification: (C. Herd, UAb): IIIAB iron, medium octahedrite.

Specimens: Type specimen of 22.3 g at UAb. Main mass with DPitt.

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Place of purchase:Erfoud
Date:P 2019 Nov
Mass (g):1998.7
Class:Iron, IIIAB
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:low
Classifier:C. Herd, UAb
Type spec mass (g):22.3
Type spec location:UAb
Main mass:Darryl Pitt
Comments:Field number MVCH 606; submitted by C. Herd
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UAb: 1-26 Earth Sciences Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E3, Canada, Canada; Website (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
DPitt: Darryl Pitt, 225 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024, United States; Website (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 111, in preparation (2022)
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     This is 1 of 74 approved meteorites from Mali (plus 1 unapproved name)

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