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Tin-Essako 001
Basic information Name: Tin-Essako 001
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: TE 001
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2021
Country: Mali
Mass:help 4.3 kg
Recommended:  Achondrite-ung    [explanation]

This is 1 of 119 approved meteorites classified as Achondrite-ung.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, Ungrouped achondrites
Comments: Approved 4 Dec 2021
Writeup from MB 110:

Tin-Essako 001 (TE 001)        18.280242, 2.094914

Gao, Mali

Find: 2020

Classification: Ungrouped achondrite

History: Purchased by Jay Piatek in 2021 from meteorite dealers Hassan Ounir and Ali Benamar. Found in 2020 by a nomad in Mali approximately 120 km east of the town of Kidal.

Physical characteristics: Oriented single stone, irregular surface, dark colored exterior patina with some reddish-brown oxidation patches. Saw cuts reveal a stony-iron appearing interior with a heterogenous distribution of metal and silicate grains and domains. Cut metal surfaces appear fresh with only minor oxidation. Silicates are very dark brown in color.

Petrography: (C. Agee, M. Spilde, UNM) This meteorite consists of approximately 50% silicates and 50% metal. The dominant silicate mineral is olivine; metal consists of kamacite. Backscatter electron imaging gives the approximate modal silicate abundances: 85-90% olivine, 10% plagioclase, and minor chromite, and quench melt pockets. Small (<100 μm) carbon rich phases (possibly graphite) at olivine-metal grain boundaries and as inclusions in metal were found. No pyroxenes, sulfides, or diamonds were detected in the microprobe mount.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee, M. Spilde, UNM) Olivine Fa25.0±0.1, Fe/Mn=51±2, Cr2O3=0.27±0.02 wt%, CaO=0.24±0.01 wt%, n=8; plagioclase An54.0±1.5Or0.2±0.1Ab45.8±1.5, n=7; melt pocket SiO2=76.0±5.5, Al2O3=16.2±3.6, CaO=2.2±0.2, FeO=1.0±0.1, Na2O=5.1±1.3, all wt%, n=2; kamacite Fe=93.2±1.1, Ni=4.9±0.2, Co=0.46±0.02 (wt%), n=5. Oxygen isotopes (K. Ziegler, UNM): 3 acid-washed fragments analyzed by laser fluorination gave δ18O= 7.374, 8.164, 9.305; δ17O= 3.203, 3.663, 4.288; Δ17O= -0.690, -0.647, -0.625 (linearized, all per mil, TFL slope=0.528).

Classification: Ungrouped achondrite, metal-rich. The oxygen isotope values of this meteorite plot at the high end of the ureilite trend, and it possesses olivine with Fa, Fe/Mn, Cr2O3, and CaO within the range of ureilites, suggesting ureilite affinity, however it lacks both pigeonite and low-Ca pyroxene.

Specimens: 20 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Jay Piatek holds the main mass.

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Place of purchase:Morocco
Mass (g):4303
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:moderate
Fayalite (mol%):25.0±0.1
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):20
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Jay Piatek
Comments:Submitted by C.Agee
Plots: O isotopes:  
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UNM: Institute of Meteoritics MSC03 2050 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-1126 USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2015)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 110, in preparation (2021)
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Carl Agee   

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     This is 1 of 14 approved meteorites from Gao, Mali (plus 1 unapproved name)
     This is 1 of 74 approved meteorites from Mali (plus 1 unapproved name)
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