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Dhofar 301
Basic information Name: Dhofar 301
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: Dho 301
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2001
Country: Oman
Mass:help 9 g
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  Lunar (anorth)
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 86  (2002)  Lunar (anorthositic impact melt breccia)
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Lunar (anorth)
Recommended:  Lunar (anorth)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 78 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (anorth).   [show all]
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Writeup from MB 86:

Dhofar 301


Found 2001 April 13

Lunar meteorite (anorthositic impact melt breccia)

A brownish grey stone weighing 9 g was found in the Dhofar region, Oman. Mineralogy and classification (M. Nazarov, Vernad; L. Taylor, UTenn): fusion crust is absent; meteorite is a clast-rich impact melt breccia containing numerous mineral fragments and lithic clasts embedded in a very fine-grained impact melt matrix. The lithic clast population is dominated by impact melt breccias; primary igneous rocks and granulites of mostly anorthositic and gabbro-noritic compositions are rare; mare basalt material is possibly present; feldspar, An90–98; orthopyroxene, Wo1–4En70–99; clinopyroxene, Wo6–43En1–74; olivine, Fo58–86 (Fe/Mn ≈90 atom%); accessory minerals are Ti-rich chromite, ilmenite (7 wt% MgO), troilite, and FeNi metal (7–48 wt% Ni; 0.4–1.4 wt% Co); composition of the impact melt matrix is SiO2 = 44.1, TiO2 = 0.36, Al2O3 = 28.6, Cr2O3 = 0.10, FeO = 4.27, MnO = 0.07, MgO = 4.83, CaO = 16.5, Na2O = 0.39, K2O = 0.04, P2O5 = 0.07 (wt%); the meteorite is moderately weathered; gypsum, calcite, celestite, barite, and Fe hydroxides occur in cracks and holes. Dhofar 025 and Dhofar 301 are possibly paired because the stones were found nearby, and they are similar in texture and mineral chemistry.  Specimens: type specimen, 1.8 g plus a thin section, Vernad; main mass with anonymous finder.

Data from:
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Date:13 Apr 2001
Mass (g):9
Classifier:M. Nazarov (Vernad) and L. Taylor (UTenn)
Type spec mass (g):1.8
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UTenn: Planetary Geosciences Institute, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee, 1412 Circle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-1410, United States (institutional address; updated 1 Nov 2011)
Vernad: Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russia (institutional address; updated 21 Feb 2016)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 86, MAPS 37, A157-A184 (2002)
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (18° 24'N, 54° 9'E)
     Recommended::   (18° 24' 6"N, 54° 8' 54"E)
Note: the NHM and MetBase coordinates are 0.3 km apart

     This is 1 of 2168 approved meteorites from Zufar, Oman (plus 22 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 4002 approved meteorites from Oman (plus 434 unapproved names)
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