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Northwest Africa 14220
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 14220
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 14220
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2021
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 158 g
Recommended:  Eucrite-melt breccia    [explanation]

This is 1 of 57 approved meteorites classified as Eucrite-melt breccia.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, Eucrites, and HED achondrites
Comments: Approved 18 Sep 2021
Writeup from MB 110:

Northwest Africa 14220 (NWA 14220)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2021 May

Classification: HED achondrite (Eucrite, melt breccia)

History: The meteorite was purchased from a group of meteorites hunters in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, in May, 2021.

Physical characteristics: Brownish rock without fusion crust.

Petrography: The meteorite is a polymict achondritic melt breccia composed of up to 4 mm sized lithic clasts and 600 µm sized minerals fragments set in abundant melt rock matrix displaying pronounced flow structures. Main minerals are zoned low-Ca pyroxene, exsolved pyroxenes, and calcic plagioclase. Melt regions are composed of recrystallized pyroxenes displaying mottled compositional zoning and fine-grained, partly fibrous feldspar. Entrained minerals show resorption textures. Lithic clasts are basaltic and impact melt clasts. Minor phases include silica, chromite, ilmenite, FeS, and metallic iron. Eucritic material dominates over diogenitic low-Ca pyroxene.

Geochemistry: zoned low-Ca pyroxene: Fs27.7±4.2Wo2.6±0.4 (Fs22.6-35.2Wo2.4-3.9, FeO/MnO=28-32, n=10); low-Ca pyroxene host crystals to augite lamellae: Fs43.8±0.7Wo4.5±0.5 (Fs42.9-45.0Wo4.0-5.3, FeO/MnO=26-27, n=7); augite exsolution lamellae: Fs19.3±0.2Wo42.9±0.2 (Fs19.0-19.8Wo42.6-43.1, FeO/MnO=22-25, n=7); olivine: Fa27.4±0.6, FeO/MnO=43±2, n=7); calcic plagioclase: An96.9±0.8 (An95.1-97.9, n=10)

Classification: Eucrite-pmict, melt breccia

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Place of purchase:Nouadhibou, Mauritania
Date:P 2021 May
Mass (g):158
Class:Eucrite-melt breccia
Shock stage:high
Weathering grade:moderate
Fayalite (mol%):27.4
Ferrosilite (mol%):27.7; 43.8; 19.3
Wollastonite (mol%):2.6; 4.5; 42.9
Classifier:A. Greshake, MNB
Type spec mass (g):21.6
Type spec location:MNB
Main mass:Salamu Ali
Comments:Submitted by Ansgar Greshake
   and collections
MNB: Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, D-10115 Berlin, Germany (institutional address; updated 24 Dec 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 110, in preparation (2021)
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     This is 1 of 8138 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1941 unapproved names)

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