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Northwest Africa 10061
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 10061
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 10061
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2015
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 53.8 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 104  (2015)  LL3.00
Recommended:  LL3.00    [explanation]

This is 1 of 4 approved meteorites classified as LL3.00.   [show all]
Search for other: LL chondrites, LL chondrites (type 3), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Approved 11 Apr 2015
Writeup from MB 104:

Northwest Africa 10061 (NWA 10061)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2015

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL3.00)

History: Purchased by Darryl Pitt from a Moroccan meteorite dealer in Tucson, 2015.

Physical characteristics: One piece with no fusion crust. A sawn surface reveals many densely packed chondrules of variable size.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe examination of a polished mount shows numerous unequilibrated chondrules, apparent mean diameter 750±600 μm (n=50), many with porphyritic, igneous-zoned olivines and pyroxenes, most with glass or mesostasis. Abundant fine-grained matrix throughout.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee, N. Muttik, UNM) All chondrule olivine Fa13.3±8.1, range Fa0.7-32.7, n=34; ferroan olivine Fa14.9±7.2, Fe/Mn=45±22, Cr2O3=0.44±0.09 wt%, range Cr2O3=0.25-0.62 wt%, n=30; low-Ca pyroxene Fs11.3±7.4Wo1.8±2.3, Fe/Mn=20±12, n=21. Aluminous augite present.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL3.00), type 3.00 based on ferroan olivine mean Cr2O3 content and sigma from Grossman and Brearley (2005) and by the presence of S-rich matrix. Comparison of Cr2O3 in ferroan olivines done using the same microprobe and conditions at UNM gave: NWA 7731 (L3.00) Cr2O3=0.43±0.11 wt%, n=98; NWA 8276 (L3.00) Cr2O3=0.42±0.10 wt%; Semarkona (LL3.00) Cr2O3=0.41±0.09 wt%, n=45.

Specimens: 11.2 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, DPitt holds the main mass.

  • 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:Tucson
Date:P 2015
Mass (g):53.8
Shock stage:S3
Weathering grade:W2
Fayalite (mol%):13.3±8.1
Ferrosilite (mol%):11.3±7.4
Wollastonite (mol%):1.8±2.3
Classifier:C. Agee
Type spec mass (g):11.2
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Darryl Pitt
Comments:Submitted by C. Agee
   and collections
UNM: Institute of Meteoritics MSC03 2050 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-1126 USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2015)
DPitt: Darryl Pitt, 225 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024, United States; Website (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 104, MAPS 52, 2284, Octover 2017, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.12930/full
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     This is 1 of 9116 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1873 unapproved names)

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