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Northwest Africa 2977
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 2977
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 2977
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2005
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 233 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 90  (2006)  Lunar (gabbro)
Recommended:  Lunar (gabbro)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 15 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (gabbro).   [show all]
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Comments: Approved 16 Jan 2006
Revised 3 Feb 2006: Revised writeup
Writeup from MB 90:

Northwest Africa 2977

Morocco or Algeria

Find: 2005 November

Achondrite (lunar, gabbro)

History: A single minimally weathered fusion-encrusted stone of 233 g was purchased from a Moroccan dealer in Tagounite, Morocco, by MFarmer in November 2005.

Petrography and Geochemistry: (J. Wittke and T. Bunch, NAU; A. Irving, UWS) The specimen consists of a single yellow-green, relatively coarse-grained rock traversed by thin, black glass-rich veins. It is an olivine-rich, two-pyroxene cumulate gabbro composed of olivine (Fa31.7; FeO/ MnO = 96; 52 vol%), (Fs26.6Wo6.7; 23 vol%), augite (Fs16.2Wo29; 9 vol%), and plagioclase (An56; 14 vol%) with minor amounts of Ba-K feldspar, chromite, ilmenite, and merrillite. Larger pigeonite grains commonly enclose equant olivine grains, which contain abundant melt inclusions (0.025–0.125 mm). Plagioclase is partially converted to maskelynite, and pyroxenes and olivine exhibit shock lamellae and undulatory extinction. Note: This specimen is identical in texture and mineral composition to the gabbro clasts in NWA 773 and NWA 2700 and thus appears to be paired with those breccia specimens.

Classification: Achondrite (lunar, gabbro); minimal weathering.

Specimens: A 20.1 g type specimen and one polished thin section are on deposit at NAU. A 0.5 g specimen is on deposit at WUSL. An anonymous owner holds the main mass.

Data from:
  Table 2
  Line 189:
Place of purchase:Tagounite, Morocco
Date:Nov 2005
Mass (g):233
Weathering grade:minimal
Type spec mass (g):20.1
Comments:Paired with NWA 773 and NWA 2700
   and collections
NAU: Geology, Bldg 12 Knoles Dr Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Apr 2012)
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
WUSL: Washington Univ., One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
MFarmer: Michael Farmer, P.O. Box 86059, Tucson, AZ 85754-6059, United States; Website (private address)
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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 90, MAPS 41, 1383-1418 (2006)
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     This is 1 of 9776 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1862 unapproved names)

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