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Northwest Africa 10206
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 10206
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 10206
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2015
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 122 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 104  (2015)  CO3.0
Recommended:  CO3.0    [explanation]

This is 1 of 22 approved meteorites classified as CO3.0.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 3), CM-CO clan chondrites, and CO chondrites
Comments: Approved 18 Jul 2015
Writeup from MB 104:

Northwest Africa 10206 (NWA 10206)

(Northwest Aftica)

Purchased: 2015

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3.0)

History: Purchased by Adam Aaronson in Morocco, 2015.

Physical characteristics: Smooth abraded fusion crust exterior; saw cut reveals very small chondrules in a very fine-grained, dark brown groundmass.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe examination of a polished mount shows numerous chondrules with apparent mean diameter 145±125 μm, n=63. Fine-grained matrix makes up about 30% of this meteorite. FeNi-metal, troilite, iron oxide, diopside, and plagioclase were detected.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and N. Muttik, UNM) Olivine Fa15.4±17.4, Fe/Mn=54±40, n=29; ferroan chondrule olivine Fa27.0±15.7, Fe/Mn=80±32, Cr2O3=0.33±0.12 (wt%), n=16; enstatite Fs2.5±2.5Wo2.2±1.5, Fe/Mn=14±6, n=10.

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3.0), 3.0 subtype based on Cr2O3 content of ferroan olivine (Grossman and Brearley, 2005). Values are similar to Colony (CO3.0) and Y-81020 (CO3.0).

Specimens: 20.0 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM; Aaronson 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:Morocco
Date:P 2015
Mass (g):122
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):15.4±17.4
Ferrosilite (mol%):2.5±2.5
Wollastonite (mol%):2.2±1.5
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):20.0
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Aaronson
Comments:M1822; submitted by C. Agee
   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)
Aaronson: Sahara Overland Ltd., Harhora, Temara, 12000, Morocco (private address; updated 3 Jan 2010)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 104, MAPS 52, 2284, Octover 2017, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.12930/full
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     This is 1 of 9116 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1873 unapproved names)

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