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Northwest Africa 1648
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 1648
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 1648
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2002
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 803 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 87  (2003)  Diogenite-pm
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Diogenite-pm
Recommended:  Diogenite-pm    [explanation]

This is 1 of 49 approved meteorites classified as Diogenite-pm.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, Diogenites, and HED achondrites
Writeup from MB 87:

Northwest Africa 1648


Purchased 2002 October

Achondrite (diogenite, polymict)

A complete fusion-crusted stone (803 g) was purchased from a Moroccan dealer by A. and G. Hupé (xHupé). Classification and mineralogy (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS): Heterogeneous breccia composed of multiple clast types of varying size. Angular mineral clasts are predominantly orthopyroxene with subordinate anorthite (Ab5), silica, exsolved pigeonite, ilmenite and troilite. The orthopyroxene clasts are homogeneous and have low Ca contents, but range widely in Fe/Mg ratio (FeO = 12.6–22.5 wt%, FeO/MnO = 28.2–34.8), suggesting multiple diogenitic parent rocks. Sparse polycrystalline clasts include cumulate eucrites, basaltic eucrites, a quench-textured clast consisting of dendritic olivine grains in glass, and fine grained ferroan inter-growths (breakdown of former pyroxferroite) composed of hedenbergite + fayalite + silica ± ilmenite ± troilite attached to anorthite laths. Breccia consisting of various diogenites (>80% by volume), sparse cumulate eucrites and rare basaltic eucrites. Specimens: type specimen, 22 g, and thin section, UWS; main mass, xHupé.

Data from:
  Table 8
  Line 212:
Place of purchase:Zagora
Date:P Oct 2002
Mass (g):803
Class:Dio pm
Classifier:A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS
Type spec mass (g):20
Main mass:Hupé
   and collections
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
xHupé: (old address—now see GHupé or AHupé) G. and A. Hupe, 2616 Lake Youngs Court SE, Renton, WA 98058., United States (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 87, MAPS 38, A189-A248 (2003)
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     This is 1 of 7937 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1960 unapproved names)

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