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Northwest Africa 12722
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 12722
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 12722
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2018
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 68 g
Recommended:  CK3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 71 approved meteorites classified as CK3.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 3), CK chondrites, CK3 chondrites, and CV-CK clan chondrites
Comments: Approved 20 Dec 2021
Writeup from MB 110:

Northwest Africa 12722 (NWA 12722)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: March 2018

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CK3)

History: Collected by nomads in Western Sahara and purchased by Hichame Mimaghador at the Erfoud market from a Moroccan dealer.

Physical characteristics: A single piece weighing 68 g with traces of fusion crust.

Petrography: (V. Moggi Cecchi, L. Fabrizi, G. Pratesi, UniFi) The thin section displays a chondritic texture, with scattered PO and POP chondrules set in an abundant medium to grained matrix (60 vol% from point counting, n=520). Chondrules are often rimmed by opaque phases, mainly consisting of iron oxides, and range from 600-800 μm in dimensions. POP chondrules display unequilibrated fayalitic olivine and Mg-rich orthopyroxene crystals with minor diopsidic pyroxene; matrix is fine grained and almost entirely composed by fayalitic olivine mixed with Ca-rich pyroxene and albitic mesostasis; opaque phases are mainly represented by iron oxides and magnetite grains inside chondrules.

Geochemistry: EPMA (V. Moggi Cecchi, G. Pratesi, UniFi); Olivine (Fa23.7±9.8Fo76.4±8.2; Fe/Mn = 132.9, n=12 ); Orthopyroxene in chondrule grains and in matrix (Fs13.9±7.2En84.8±5.4Wo1.3±0.1, Fe/Mn = 86.9, n=13); High-Ca pyroxene (Fs9.6±1.6En42.6±0.9Wo47.7±0.4, n=5); plagioclase (An15.1Or4.9). Magnetite has 4.2 wt% Cr2O3 (n2). Oxygen isotopes: (I.Franchi, R.Greenwood, OU) δ17O = -2.46 permil, δ18O = 1.61 permil, Δ17O = -3.30 permil.

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CK3).

Specimens: A total of 16 g specimen is on deposit at MSN-FI, Inv.# I3373. Mimaghador holds the main mass.

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Place of purchase:Erfoud
Date:P March 2018
Mass (g):68
Shock stage:moderate
Weathering grade:W4
Fayalite (mol%):23.7±9.8 (n=12)
Ferrosilite (mol%):13.9±7.2 (n=13)
Wollastonite (mol%):1.3±0.3
Classifier:V. Moggi Cecchi, L. Fabrizi, G. Pratesi, UniFi
Type spec mass (g):16
Type spec location:MSN-FI
Main mass:Ziyao Wang
Comments:Field label Mima 51 (see provisional table). Inv.# I3373.; submitted by Vanni Moggi Cecchi
Plots: O isotopes:  
   and collections
OU: Planetary and Space Sciences Department of Physical Sciences The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA United Kingdom, United Kingdom (institutional address; updated 8 Dec 2011)
MSN-FI: MUSEO DI STORIA NATURALE DELL'UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE Via Giorgio La Pira, 4 – 50121 FIRENZE, Italy; Website (institutional address; updated 14 Jan 2015)
UniFi: Università degli Studi di Firenze, P.zza S. Marco, 4 - 50121 Firenze, Italy (institutional address; updated 14 Sep 2013)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 110, in preparation (2021)
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     This is 1 of 8495 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1899 unapproved names)

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