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La'gad 002
Basic information Name: La'gad 002
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2004
Country: Western Sahara
Mass:help 16.6 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 107  (2018)  Pallasite, PMG-an
Recommended:  Pallasite, PMG-an    [explanation]

This is 1 of 16 approved meteorites classified as Pallasite, PMG-an.   [show all]
Search for other: Main group pallasites, Metal-rich meteorites, and Pallasites
Comments: Approved 3 Aug 2018
Writeup from MB 107:

La’gad 002        27°14’25.7"N, 8°50’49.5"W

Saguia el Hamra, Western Sahara

Find: 2004

Classification: Pallasite (Main group, anomalous)

History: Near the end of 2004, Michael Farmer visited a site at the northeastern corner of Western Sahara in search of a newly discovered pallasite - www.meteoriteguy.com/catalog/almahbas.htm. This site yielded several large masses of a deeply weathered pallasite. In addition, Mr. Farmer collected and acquired several small fresh looking pallasite stones from the same site. The relationship between the large weathered masses and fresh stones is unknown. This pallasite is sold and traded under the name "Al Mahbas". The total mass of the weathered material is in the many kg range, whereas only a few grams, probably <100 g of the fresh stones was collected. ASU acquired one of the fresh stones upon which this classification is based.

Physical characteristics: Dark rounded stone with olivine grains visible at the surface.

Petrography: Cut, polished, and etched surface shows the following minerals (areal%) 70% metal, 20% olivine, and 5% troilite and schreibersite. Olivine grains are small (<5 mm) and well-rounded. They are light green and glassy clear. One grain contains oriented linear inclusions. Metal composed of approximately 50:50 kamacite:plessite. Kamacite mostly swathing the olivine. Troilite highly shocked and fine grained. Where troilite and olivine are in contact, the olivine appears brecciated and fragments are distributed throughout the troilite. Interior of the plessite composed of ~75% kamacite and 25% tetrataenite. Within the plessite, the kamacite is dominated by anhedral grains typically 5 to 15 microns across.

Geochemistry: (J. Wasson, UCLA) Metal composition by INAA (mean of two analyses) Ni=76.8 mg/g, Co=5.64 mg/g, Cr=11 μg/g, Cu=164 μg/g, Ga=20.6 μg/g, As=22.8 μg/g, Ru=0.8 μg/g, W=0.2 μg/g, Re=121 ng/g, and Ir=1.42 μg/g. The Ni concentration is the lowest PMG ever measured by UCLA; however, in pallasites Ni is strongly affected by random variations in the kamacite/taenite ratios. Our Ni replicates scattered (90.5 and 63.0 mg/g). The Ir content is the fifth highest in a PMG. No other PMG is closely similar to La’gad 002; the closest is Marjalahti, which also has high Ir (2.1 µg/g) and relatively low Ni (88 mg/g, the eighth lowest). (K. Ziegler, UNM): Analyses of 2 acid-washed olivine subsamples by laser fluorination dual inlet mass spectrometry gave, respectively δ17O 1.68, 1.777; δ18O 3.623, 3.861; Δ17O -0.295, -0.262 per mil (reference TFL slope = 0.528, values are linearized). (L. Garvie, ASU) EPMA analyses of eight olivine grains Fa13.8±0.1, FeO/MnO=42.0±1.8, Cr2O3 to 0.05 wt%.

Classification: Main-group pallasite-anomalous. This stone is likely paired with NWA 10015, NWA 10023, NWA 10252 and NWA 11720 based on the similar Fa and oxygen isotopic values and the high proportion of plessite. The anomalous designation is based on the high proportion of plessitic metal, similar to that in NWA 10023, 10252 and 11720.

Data from:
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State/Prov/County:Saguia el Hamra
Mass (g):16.63
Class:Pallasite, PMG-an
Weathering grade:low
Fayalite (mol%):13.8±0.1 (N=8)
Classifier:L. Garvie
Type spec mass (g):16.63
Type spec location:ASU
Main mass:ASU
Finder:Michael Farmer
Comments:Provisional name was NWA 2683; submitted by L. Garvie
Plots: O isotopes:  
   and collections
ASU: Center for Meteorite Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-1404, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 14 Jan 2012)
UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
UNM: Institute of Meteoritics MSC03 2050 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-1126 USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2015)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 107, MAPS 55, 460-462
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Western Sahara
     Recommended::   (27° 14' 26"N, 8° 50' 49"W)

     This is 1 of 117 approved meteorites from Saguia el Hamra, Western Sahara (plus 1 unapproved name)
     This is 1 of 283 approved meteorites from Western Sahara (plus 20 unapproved names)
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Synonymshelp: Northwest Africa 2683 (Provisional name abolished)
NWA 2683 (Provisional name abolished)

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