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Northwest Africa 12981
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 12981
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 12981
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2019
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 88 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 108  (2020)  LL3
Recommended:  LL3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 453 approved meteorites classified as LL3.   [show all]
Search for other: LL chondrites, LL chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Approved 16 Nov 2019
Writeup from MB 108:

Northwest Africa 12981 (NWA 12981)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2019 Aug

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL3)

Petrography: (K. Metzler, IfP) Ordinary chondrite of low petrologic type consisting of closely packed chondrules (up to 2.9 mm) and some chondrule fragments with low amounts of Fe,Ni metal, troilite, and interchondrule matrix. The mean apparent chondrule size is 670 µm (n=87).

Geochemistry: Mineral compositions and geochemistry: (K. Metzler, IfP; A.Greshake, MNB) The mean olivine composition is Fa12.9±7.1 (1.0-27.8; n=28); the mean low-Ca pyroxene composition is Fs9.6±8.3Wo1.0±0.9 (Fs2-32.8Wo0.1-3.5); n=19. The mean concentration of Cr2O3 in ferroan olivine is 0.070±0.042 (n=52), similar to that in St. Mary’s County (LL3.3; Grossman and Brearley 2005).

Classification: LL chondrite based on metal content and apparent chondrule size. Estimated petrologic subtype is 3.3, based on PMD of Fa values and on mean concentration and variability of Cr2O3 in ferroan olivine.

  • Grossman J.N. and Brearley A.J. (2005) The onset of metamorphism in ordinary and carbonaceous chondrites. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 40, 87-122. (link)
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Place of purchase:Morocco
Date:P 2019 Aug
Mass (g):88
Shock stage:S1
Weathering grade:W1
Fayalite (mol%):12.9±7.1
Ferrosilite (mol%):9.6±8.3
Wollastonite (mol%):1.0±0.9
Classifier:K. Metzler, IfP
Type spec mass (g):18
Type spec location:IfP
Main mass:Mirko Graul, Bernau, Germany
Comments:Submitted by K. Metzler, IfP
   and collections
IfP: Institut für Planetologie, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, 48149 Münster, Germany (institutional address; updated 23 Jan 2012)
MNB: Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, D-10115 Berlin, Germany (institutional address; updated 24 Dec 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 108 (2020) Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 55, 1146-1150
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     This is 1 of 9128 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1873 unapproved names)

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