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Northwest Africa 11010
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 11010
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 11010
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2016
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 832 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 105  (2016)  Iron, ungrouped
Recommended:  Iron, ungrouped    [explanation]

This is 1 of 143 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as Iron, ungrouped.   [show all]
Search for other: Iron meteorites, Metal-rich meteorites, and Ungrouped irons
Comments: Approved 17 Dec 2016
Writeup from MB 105:

Northwest Africa 11010 (NWA 11010)

Northwest Africa

Purchased: 2016

Classification: Iron meteorite (ungrouped)

History: One piece weighing 832.4 g was found in the Sahara and was subsequently purchased in Morocco in 2015. J. Donald Cline and John Sinclair acquired the sample from a meteorite dealer at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February of 2016.

Physical characteristics: Sample has a tabular, irregular shape with a few broad, shallow regmaglypts, halite deposits and oxidized spots.

Petrography: (A. Love, App) Cut and etched face shows plessitic structure similar to NWA 859, where plates of kamacite are segregated by plessite fields. Mean kamacite bandwidth 53µm (n=62). No troilite or dormation or reheating features were observed.

Geochemistry: Bulk Composition: (J.T. Wasson, UCLA): (INAA): 12.8 mg/g Co, 160.7 mg/g Ni; 11 µg/g Cr, 245 µg/g Cu, 87.5 µg/g Ga, 2666 µg/g Ge, 53 µg/g As, 7.0 µg/g W, 2.5 µg/g W, 41 µg/g Pt, 6.54 µg/g Au; 326 ng/g Sb, 349 ng/g Re. This composition is closely similar to that of NWA 859, synonym Taza, published by Wasson (2011).

Classification: Structural class, plessitic octahedrite. Compositional class is ungrouped, and possible based on high contents of volatile elements, IAB-ungrouped. The "Taza" irons are closely similar to Butler, but otherwise have no close compositional relatives.

Specimens: Pari holds the 711.6 g main mass. 47.7 g (two slices), UCLA

  • J.T. Wasson (2011) Relationship between iron-meteorite composition and size: Compositional distribution of irons from North Africa. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 75, 1757-1772. (link)
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Place of purchase:Tucson
Date:P 2016
Mass (g):832.4
Class:Iron, ungrouped
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:low
Classifier:A. Love, App, and J. T. Wasson, UCLA
Type spec mass (g):47.7
Type spec location:UCLA
Main mass:PARI
Finder:not known
Comments:Submitted by Anthony Love
   and collections
UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
App: Department of Geology, 572 Rivers St., Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608, United States (institutional address; updated 7 Mar 2013)
PARI: Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute 1 Pari Dr Rosman, NC 28772, United States (institutional address; updated 13 Sep 2016)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 105, MAPS 52, 2411, September 2017. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.12944/full
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     This is 1 of 8636 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1884 unapproved names)

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