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Northwest Africa 14997
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 14997
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 14997
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2021
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 76 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 20 Jun 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Northwest Africa 14997 (NWA 14997)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2021

Classification: Rumuruti chondrite (R3)

History: Purchased by Shun-Chung Yang in 2021 from a dealer in Tindouf, Algeria.

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and J. Boesenberg, BrownU) Well-formed, separated chondrules containing devitrified glass (apparent diameter 510±310 µm, N = 24) together with some Type 3 lithic chondrite clasts are set in a fine grained matrix (~45 vol.%, deep orange in thin section) containing altered pentlandite (much replaced by Fe oxides), chromite and sodic plagioclase. Metal is absent.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa33.8±12.2, range Fa5.1-40.6, N = 9), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs21.9±3.9Wo0.8±0.6, range Fs17.8-27.2Wo0.1-1.6, N = 5), augite (Fs11.7±0.5Wo44.0±0.7, range Fs11.1-12.0Wo43.2-44.7, N = 4), plagioclase (Ab87.0An10.7Or2.3).

Classification: R3 chondrite.

Specimens: 17.7 g including one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with Mr. S.-C. Yang.

Data from:
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Place of purchase:Tindouf
Date:P 2021
Mass (g):76
Shock stage:S2
Weathering grade:moderate
Fayalite (mol%):33.8±12.2
Ferrosilite (mol%):21.9±3.9
Wollastonite (mol%):0.8±0.6
Classifier:A. Irving, UWS, and J. Boesenberg, BrownU
Type spec mass (g):17.7
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:S.-C. Yang
Comments:Work name SCY-56; submitted by A. Irving
   and collections
UWS: University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 70 Johnson Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 15 Jan 2012)
UWB: University of Washington, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 27 Jul 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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