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Northwest Africa 2965
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 2965
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 2965
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2005
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 100 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 91  (2007)  EL6/7
Recommended:  EL-melt rock    [explanation]

This is 1 of 26 approved meteorites classified as EL-melt rock.   [show all]
Search for other: EL chondrites, Enstatite chondrites, Enstatite chondrites (type 4-7), Enstatite-rich meteorites, and Melted chondrites
Comments: Approved 1 Sep 2006
Revised 1 Sep 2019: Reclassified by Rubin (2016)
Writeup from MB 91:

Northwest Africa 2965


Find: August 2004

Enstatite chondrite (EL6/7)

History and physical characteristics: Hundreds of fragments that weigh >100 kg were collected in the Algerian desert in 2004. Small fragments (~100 g) are commonly weathered to a dark brown with very dark weathering veins. Large pieces may retain portions of weathered fusion crust with only moderate to lightly weathered interiors.

Petrography: (T. Bunch and J. Wittke, NAU) A completely recrystallized enstatite chondrite with polygonal to irregular grain outlines. The grain size varies from 0.02 to 0.7 mm. Round, curved, blocky objects contain coarser-grained orthopyroxene than in the matrix. No relict chondrules were observed in ~32 cm2 that were analyzed. Metal, daubreelite, and tiny, vermicular grains of graphite are also present and constitute <3 vol%.

Mineral compositions: Orthopyroxene (Fs98.4±0.02 [sic]), plagioclase (An17.8Or4.4), troilite with Ti = 0.91, Cr = 1.10, Zn = 0.6 (all wt%).

Classification: Enstatite chondrite (EL6/7); minimal shock, variable weathering (W2–W5). It has absolutely no evidence of chondrules.

Type specimen: A 24 g sample is on deposit at NAU. Turecki and Reed hold the main mass.
NWA 2965

Polished cut surface of NWA 2965. The rock is ~8 cm in width.

Writeup from MB 108:
Northwest Africa 2965: reclassification

Rubin (2016) reclassified Al Haggounia 001 and paired specimens as "vesicular, incompletely melted, EL chondrite impact melt rock[s]." NWA 2965 is likely paired, and is therefore also reclassified.
  • Rubin A.E. (2016) Impact melting of the largest known enstatite meteorite: Al Haggounia 001, a fossil EL chondrite. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 51 1576-1587. (link)
Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 134:
Place of purchase:Erfoud, Morocco
Mass (g):>100 kg
Classifier:T. Bunch and J. Wittke, NAU
Type spec mass (g):24
Type spec location:NAU
Main mass:Turecki
   and collections
NAU: Geology, Bldg 12 Knoles Dr Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Apr 2012)
Reed: Blaine Reed, P.O. Box 1141, Delta, CO 81416, United States; Website (private address)
Turecki: Stan Turecki, 5618 Regis Ave., Port Richey, Florida, United States (private address; updated 28 Dec 2010)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 91, MAPS 42, 413-466 (2007)
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 108 (2020) Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 55, 1146-1150
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     This is 1 of 9772 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1862 unapproved names)

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