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Dhofar 305
Basic information Name: Dhofar 305
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: Dho 305
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2001
Country: Oman
Mass:help 34.1 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 87  (2003)  Lunar (anorthositic impact melt breccia)
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Lunar (anorth)
Recommended:  Lunar (anorth)    [explanation]

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Dhofar 305


Found 2001 June 28

Lunar meteorite (anorthositic impact melt breccia)

A light-grey stone weighing 34.11 g was found in the Dhofar region of Oman. Mineralogy and classification (M. Nazarov, Vernad; L. Taylor, UTenn): fusion crust is absent; the meteorite is an impact melt breccia consisting of mineral fragments and lithic clasts set within fine-grained, well-crystallized impact-melt matrix; clasts of impact melt breccias are most common; granulites and possible igneous rocks are rare and have mainly anorthositic and troctolitic compositions; orthopyroxenite clasts are present; feldspar, An87–98; orthopyroxene, Wo1–5En40–88; clinopyroxene; Wo6– 48En30–70; olivine, Fo44–90 (Fe/Mn = 94 at); accessory minerals are Ti-rich chromite, Cr-pleonaste, ilmenite (1–8 wt% MgO), armalcolite, troilite, and FeNi metal (17–32 wt% Ni; 1.3–2.3 wt% Co); composition of the impact-melt matrix is (wt%) SiO2 = 43.9, TiO2 = 0.16, Al2O3 = 28.5, Cr2O3 = 0.10, FeO = 3.69, MnO = 0.07, MgO = 6.08, CaO = 15.9, Na2O = 0.36, K2O = 0.02, P2O5 = 0.04; the stone is moderately weathered; calcite, celestite, gypsum, and Fe hydroxides are present. Dhofar 305 is close to Dhofar 303, which was found nearby, in degree of weathering, mineral chemistry, and matrix composition. The meteorites may be paired, but they are very different in texture. Pairing with Dhofar 081, 280, 302, 306, and 307 is also possible. Specimens: type specimens of 7 g, and a thin section, Vernad; main mass with anonymous finder.

Data from:
  Table 4
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Date:28 Jun 2001
Mass (g):34.11
Classifier:M. Nazarov, Vernad, L. Taylor, UTenn
Type spec mass (g):7
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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. 87, MAPS 38, A189-A248 (2003)
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     This is 1 of 2151 approved meteorites from Zufar, Oman (plus 4 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 3983 approved meteorites from Oman (plus 374 unapproved names)
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