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Northwest Africa 13297
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 13297
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 13297
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2020
Country: Algeria
Mass:help 1973 g
Recommended:  LL3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 452 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 2 May 2020
Writeup from MB 109:

Northwest Africa 13297 (NWA 13297)


Purchased: 2020

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL3)

History: A sample comprised of many weathered pieces weighing 1973 g were found by meteorite prospectors in Algeria and sold to Mohamed Elguirah in Laayoune, Morocco. John Higgins and Carlos Muñecas Muñoz purchased the samples in 2020.

Physical characteristics: Most samples are tabular in shape. One sample has an irregular ovoid shape with a dark brown weathered exterior. The cut face of the irregular sample shows a fresh, unweathered interior composed of abundant chondrules surrounded by fine-grained sulfide rims. FeNi grains occur within the interiors of chondrules. The unweathered interior is surrounded by a well-developed weathering rind with concentric cracks that surround unweathered interior. Material in the weathering rind is identical to tabular samples.

Petrography: Description and classification (A. Love, App) Sample has a chondritic texture composed of distinct, close-packed chondrules with an average apparent diameter of 763 μm (n=77) set within an opaque fine-grained, clastic matrix. Chondrules are surrounded by fine-grained rims of sulfide and have mesostasis commonly composed of isotropic glass and devitrified glass (dominant). Additional minerals are troilite, apatite and secondary calcite.

Geochemistry: (A. Love, App) Olivine (Fa16.7±10.2 (Fa0.6-30.1), Fe/Mn=36.6±11.8, n=12. Cr2O3 in type II chondrules has an average of 0.22±0.10, n=10); low Ca-pyroxene (Fs12.9±10.1Wo0.9±0.6 (Fs1.7-34.5Wo0.2-2.5), n=10).

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL3, C-S3, W1-3) Based on chondrule size and magnetic susceptibility this sample is an LL chondrite. Estimated subtype for this sample is between 3.15 and 3.2 based on unequilibrated compositions, presence of isotropic glass mesostasis (<3.3), yellow CL in chondrule mesostasis (3.1-3.2) and presence of red luminescence in chondrule olivine <3.5) and low CL of matrix (>3.1).

Specimens: John Higgins holds 1213 g including the 250 g main mass and Carlos Muñoz holds and additional 760 g of tabular fragments. Many spalled tabular fragments and an endcut weighing a total of 130 g are and a polished thin section are on deposit at App.

Data from:
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Place of purchase:Laayoune, Morocco
Date:P 2020
Mass (g):1973
Shock stage:C-S3
Weathering grade:W1-3
Fayalite (mol%):16.7±10.2
Ferrosilite (mol%):12.9±10.1
Wollastonite (mol%):0.9±0.7
Magnetic suscept.:4.33
Classifier:A. Love, App
Type spec mass (g):130.3
Type spec location:App
Main mass:John Higgins
Comments:Submitted by Anthony Love
   and collections
App: Department of Geology, 572 Rivers St., Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608, United States (institutional address; updated 7 Mar 2013)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 109, in preparation (2020)
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     This is 1 of 1277 approved meteorites from Algeria (plus 29 unapproved names) (plus 4 impact craters)

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