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Northwest Africa 14878
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 14878
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 14878
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2021
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 300 g
Recommended:  R3    [explanation]

This is 1 of 63 approved meteorites classified as R3.   [show all]
Search for other: Rumuruti chondrites, Rumuruti chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Approved 25 May 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Northwest Africa 14878 (NWA 14878)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2021 Sep

Classification: Rumuruti chondrite (R3)

History: Purchased by Jason Whitcomb in September 2021 from an Algerian dealer.

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and J. Boesenberg, BrownU) Both lithic Type 3 chondrite clasts and discrete glass-bearing, unequilibrated chondrules occur in a fine-grained matrix (~25 vol.%, orange in thin section). Chondrules have apparent diameters of 510±270 µm (N = 26). Accessory sodic plagioclase and chromite are present but metal is absent; Fe oxides may represent altered troilite or other sulfides.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa34.8±7.7, range Fa21.5-39.8, N = 7), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs23.8±9.3Wo2.2±0.4, range Fs13.3-30.5Wo1.7-2.4, N = 3), augite (Fs11.4±0.3Wo45.2±0.5, range Fs11.1-11.7Wo44.7-45.7, N = 4), plagioclase (Ab83.9-86.8An13.4-10.2Or2.7-3.0, N = 2).

Classification: R3 chondrite breccia.

Specimens: 20.0 g including one polished thin section at PSF; remainder with Mr. J. Whitcomb.

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Place of purchase:Algeria
Date:P 2021 Sep
Mass (g):300
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:moderate
Fayalite (mol%):34.8±7.7
Ferrosilite (mol%):23.8±9.3
Wollastonite (mol%):2.2±0.4
Classifier:A. Irving, UWS, and J. Boesenberg, BrownU
Type spec mass (g):20.0
Type spec location:PSF
Main mass:J. Whitcomb
Comments:Work name JW-111; submitted by A. Irving
   and collections
PSF: Planetary Studies Foundation,10 Winterwood Lane, Unit B, Galena, Illinois 61036-9283, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 1 Dec 2011)
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
BrownU: Brown University Providence, RI 02912, United States (institutional address; updated 7 Sep 2019)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 111, in preparation (2022)
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     This is 1 of 8745 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1880 unapproved names)

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