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Northwest Africa 8342
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 8342
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 8342
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2013
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 167 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 103  (2014)  CO3.1
Recommended:  CO3.1    [explanation]

This is 1 of 15 approved meteorites classified as CO3.1.   [show all]
Search for other: Carbonaceous chondrites, Carbonaceous chondrites (type 3), CM-CO clan chondrites, and CO chondrites
Comments: Approved 23 Apr 2014
Writeup from MB 103:

Northwest Africa 8342 (NWA 8342)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2013

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3.1)

History: Purchased by F. Kuntz in Erfoud, Morocco, January 2013.

Physical characteristics: Single stone. Dark brown exterior, saw cut reveals scattered, very small chondrules set in a dark brown matrix.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe examination of a polished mount shows numerous chondrules up to 200 μm, fine-grained matrix makes up about 40% of this meteorite, some domains and chondrules appear sulfide/metal-rich.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and N. Muttik, UNM) Type I chondrule olivine Fa1.2±0.3, n=9; ferroan chondrule olivine Fa36.3±15.0, Fe/Mn=97±27, Cr2O3=0.26±0.14 wt%, n=46; low-Ca pyroxene Fs4.1±4.4Wo2.3±1.2, Fe/Mn=18±11, n=15; aluminous diopside.

Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3.1) based on mean Cr2O3=0.26±0.14 wt% in ferroan olivines, values plotting closer to Colony (CO3.0) than to Rainbow (CO3.2) as reported by Grossman and Brearley (2005).

Specimens: 21.35 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Kuntz 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 2013
Mass (g):167
Fayalite (mol%):1.2±0.3, 36.3±15.0
Ferrosilite (mol%):4.1±4.4
Wollastonite (mol%):2.3±1.2
Classifier:C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):21.35
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Fabien Kuntz
Comments: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)
Kuntz: Fabien Kuntz, France; Website (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 103, MAPS 52, 1014, May 2017, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.12888/full
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     This is 1 of 8559 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1896 unapproved names)

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