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Northwest Africa 441
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 441
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 441
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2019
Country: Morocco
Mass:help 457 g
Classification
  history:
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 108  (2020)  CO3
Recommended:  CO3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 563 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as CO3.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 3), CM-CO clan chondrites, and CO chondrites
Comments: Approved 15 Dec 2019
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Northwest Africa 441 (NWA 441)

Morocco

Purchased: 2019

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3)

History: Purchased in November 2019 by Nick Gessler from an anonymous dealer in Morocco.

Physical characteristics: Unusual morphology. Shaped like a wedge of cheese with the central point missing. Top surface is flat and bottom surface is flat and parallel except for some ragged breaks. A third parallel crack bisects the thickness. The sides are quite flat and at right angles to the parallel surfaces. The exterior appears to be entry ablated and wind and sand polished except for the breaks. There is no caliche.

Petrography: (D. Sheikh, FSU) Small chondrules (~150±50 µm) and rare CAI (~100 μm) are set in a dark-colored matrix. Sample contains olivine, orthopyroxene, troilite, Fe-oxides, and rare Fe-Ni metal.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa32.6±14.3, range Fa14.8-52.3, n=15), Low-Ca Pyroxene (Fs3.3±1.6Wo1.4±0.6, range Fs1.2-5.9Wo0.7-2.6, n=21).

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3).

Specimens: 22 grams at UCLA; main mass with Nick Gessler.

Data from:
  MB108
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Place of purchase:Morocco
Date:P 2019
Mass (g):457
Pieces:1
Class:CO3
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:strong
Fayalite (mol%):14.8-52.3
Ferrosilite (mol%):1.2-5.9
Wollastonite (mol%):0.7-2.6
Classifier:D. Sheikh, FSU
Type spec mass (g):22
Type spec location:UCLA
Main mass:Nick Gessler
Comments:Submitted by Daniel Sheikh
Institutions
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UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
FSU: Department of Geological Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL 32306-4100, United States (institutional address; updated 16 Dec 2010)
Gessler: Nicholas Gessler, 2010 Calgary Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90077, United States (private address; updated 7 Jul 2016)
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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 108 (2020) Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 55, 1146-1150
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Daniel Sheikh   
Geography:

Morocco
Coordinates:Unknown.

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 1522 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 22 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)

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