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Northwest Africa 15240
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 15240
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 15240
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2022
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 230 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 14 Sep 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Northwest Africa 15240 (NWA 15240)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2022 Mar

Classification: Rumuruti chondrite (R3)

History: Purchased by Ziyao Wang in March 2022 from a dealer in Agadir, Morocco.

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and P. Carpenter, WUSL) Relatively small, unequilibrated chondrules (apparent diameter 480±190 µm, N = 24) and rare small, very fine grained CAI are set in a very fine grained matrix (~20 vol.%, almost opaque in thin section) containing extensively altered Fe and Fe-Ni sulfides, rare taenite and very rare altered kamacite, plus some secondary barite and calcite.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa28.9±18.8, range Fa0.9-44.9, N = 6), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs13.8±10.2Wo0.7±0.6, range Fs2.1-20.9Wo0.2-1.3, N = 3), pigeonite (Fs25.2Wo12.7), subcalcic augite (Fs22.8Wo29.3), augite (Fs10.3Wo41.2).

Classification: R3 chondrite.

Specimens: 26 g including one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with WangZ.

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Place of purchase:Agadir
Date:P 2022 Mar
Mass (g):230
Shock stage:low
Weathering grade:moderate
Fayalite (mol%):28.9±18.8
Ferrosilite (mol%):13.8±10.2
Wollastonite (mol%):0.7±0.6
Classifier:A. Irving, UWS, and P. Carpenter, WUSL
Type spec mass (g):26.0
Type spec location:UWB
Main mass:WangZ
Comments:Work name WZY-102; 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)
WUSL: Washington Univ., One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
UWB: University of Washington, Box 353010 Seattle, WA 98195, United States (institutional address; updated 27 Jul 2012)
WangZ: Ziyao Wang, Hebei GEO University North Campus, Huai An dong road 127, Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province , China (private address; updated 25 Jun 2021)
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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