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Dhofar 960
Basic information Name: Dhofar 960
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: Dho 960
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2003
Country: Oman
Mass:help 35.4 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 89  (2005)  Lunar (feldspathic impact melt breccia)
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Lunar (anorth)
Recommended:  Lunar (anorth)    [explanation]

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Dhofar 960


Found 2003 November 16

Lunar meteorite (feldspathic impact melt breccia)

A gray stone weighing 35.4 g was found in the Dhofar region of Oman. Mineralogy and classification (S. Demidova, Vernad., F. Brandstaetter, NHMV): Fusion crust is absent. The meteorite is an impact melt breccia with abundant mineral fragments and lithic clasts set within a fine-grained impact melt matrix. The lithic clasts are impact melt breccias and granulitic rocks of anorthositic, gabbro-noritic, troctolitic, and noritic compositions. A presence of VLT mare basalt clasts, KREEPy and rare granitic fragments is a characteristic feature of the meteorite. Glass veins and fragments are common. Mineral compositions are as follows; plagioclase, An57-98Or0-6; orthopyroxene, Wo3-5En66-78; clinopyroxene; Wo5-43En0.4-73; olivine, Fo4-90 (Fe/Mn ≈ 92 at); accessory minerals are ulvöspinel, Cr-rich ulvöspinel, Ti-rich chromite, Al-rich chromite, pleonaste, ilmenite (0.7-7.4 wt % MgO), silica, troilite, FeNi metal (5-21 wt% Ni; 0.3-0.7 wt% Co); K-Ba feldspar, pyroxferroite, whitlockite, apatite, baddeleyite, Zr-armalcolite and Zr-rich phases. The stone is moderately weathered; calcite, gypsum, celestite, smectite and Fe hydroxides are present. The meteorite was found close to Dho 925 and they are similar in texture, petrography and mineral chemistry. The stones may be paired. Specimens: type specimens of 7.4 g and 2 thin sections deposited at Vernad.  The main mass is held by an anonymous finder.

Data from:
  Table 6
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Date:16 Nov 2003
Latitude:19° 23.8'N
Mass (g):35.4
Classifier:D. Badyukov, Vernad
Type spec mass (g):7.4
Type spec location:Vernad
   and collections
NHMV: Naturhistorisches Museum, Burgring 7, 1010 Wien, Austria, Austria; Website (institutional address; updated 18 Jan 2019)
Vernad: Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russia (institutional address; updated 21 Feb 2016)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 89, MAPS 40, A201-A263 (2005)
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     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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