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Northwest Africa 13960
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 13960
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 13960
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2019
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 3.68 kg
Recommended:  Howardite    [explanation]

This is 1 of 421 approved meteorites classified as Howardite.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, HED achondrites, and Howardites
Comments: Approved 21 Jun 2021
Writeup from MB 110:

Northwest Africa 13960 (NWA 13960)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2019 Nov

Classification: HED achondrite (Howardite)

History: Purchased by Ziyao Wang in November 2019 from a dealer in Ouargla, Algeria.

Physical characteristics: The specimen is a eucrite-rich breccia containing sporadic large diogenite clasts (up to 4.8 cm in largest dimension). The overall proportion of diogenite material is difficult to estimate accurately but exceeds 10 vol.%.

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and P. Carpenter, WUSL) The main breccia portion of the specimen consists predominantly of unexsolved pigeonite (with "mottled" compositional variability), augite and anorthite with accessory silica polymorph, Ti chromite, ilmenite and troilite. Also present are low-Ca pyroxene grains with diogenitic orthopyroxene cores mantled by eucritic pigeonite. The studied large diogenite clast is composed almost entirely of orthopyroxene (exhibiting undulose extinction) with very minor accessory chromite, kamacite, troilite and pentlandite.

Geochemistry: Eucritic pigeonite (Fs47.2-49.3Wo10.7-16.1, FeO/MnO = 27, N = 2), augite (Fs38.4-38.6Wo29.1-35.0, FeO/MnO = 27-31, N = 2), low-Ca pyroxene cores (Fs32.1-36.8Wo5.0-5.3, FeO/MnO = 27-29, N = 2), anorthite (An90.1-93.2Or 0.5-0.2, N = 3). Diogenitic orthopyroxene ( Fs26.4-27.1Wo3.0-3.3, FeO/MnO = 27-32 , N = 5), pigeonite rims (Fs48.7-50.9Wo11.2-14.2, FeO/MnO = 27-29, N = 3).

Classification: Howardite.

Specimens: 38.6 g including polished thin sections of both polymict breccia and a large diogenite clast at UWB; remainder with Mr. A. Zad and WangZ.

Data from:
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Place of purchase:Ouargla
Date:P 2019 Nov
Mass (g):3684
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:low
Ferrosilite (mol%):26.4-27.1; 32.1-36.8; 47.2-50.9; 38.4-38.6
Wollastonite (mol%):3.0-3.3; 5.0-5.3; 10.7-16.1; 29.1-35.0
Classifier:A. Irving, UWS, and P. Carpenter, WUSL
Type spec mass (g):38.6
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:A. Zad
Comments:Work name WZY-06; 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. 110, in preparation (2021)
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     This is 1 of 8559 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1896 unapproved names)

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