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Northwest Africa 15320
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 15320
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 15320
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2022
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 78 kg
Recommended:  H4    [explanation]

This is 1 of 6388 approved meteorites (plus 2 unapproved names) classified as H4.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 1 Oct 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Northwest Africa 15320 (NWA 15320)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2022 Jan

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H4)

History: Purchased by Wenxi Jin and Ziyao Wang in January 2022 from a dealer in Agadir, Morocco.

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and P. Carpenter, WUSL) Relatively small, well-formed equilibrated chondrules are set in a fine-grained opaque matrix containing relatively Ni-rich kamacite, troilite and pentlandite. The chondrules in this specimen appear to be very fresh and unstained, whereas metal in the matrix has been partially to wholly altered to Fe oxides.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa20.5±0.2, range Fa20.2-20.6, N = 5), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs17.6±0.2Wo1.4±0.6, range Fs17.3-17.8Wo0.8-2.0, N = 4), subcalcic augite (Fs11.6Wo26.3; Fs10.0±0.9Wo34.1±0.9, range Fs9.6-10.3Wo34.7-33.4; N = 3), augite (Fs7.0Wo42.1), plagioclase (Ab67.1An32.0Or0.9). Magnetic susceptibility log χ (× 10-9 m3/kg) = 5.17.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H4). Mafic silicate compositions in this large specimen are at the high end of the range for H chondrites.

Specimens: 20.6 g including one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with Wenxi Jin and WangZ.

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Place of purchase:Agadir
Date:P 2022 Jan
Mass (g):78000
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:W2/3
Fayalite (mol%):20.5±0.2
Ferrosilite (mol%):17.6±0.2
Wollastonite (mol%):1.4±0.6
Magnetic suscept.:5.17
Classifier:A. Irving, UWS, and P. Carpenter, WUSL
Type spec mass (g):20.6
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:Wenxi Jin/WangZ
Comments:Work name WZY-107; submitted by A. Irving
   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)
WUSL: Washington Univ., One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
UWB: University of Washington, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 27 Jul 2012)
WangZ: Ziyao Wang, Hebei GEO University North Campus, Huai An dong road 127, Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province , China (private address; updated 25 Jun 2021)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 111, in preparation (2022)
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     This is 1 of 8745 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1880 unapproved names)

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