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Northwest Africa 5263
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 5263
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 5263
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2005
Country: (Northwest Africa)
Mass:help 520 g
Recommended:  R3-6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 30 approved meteorites classified as R3-6.   [show all]
Search for other: Rumuruti chondrites, Rumuruti chondrites (type 3)
Comments: Approved 19 Mar 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Northwest Africa 5263 (NWA 5263)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2005

Classification: Rumuruti chondrite (R3-6)

History: The meteorite was purchased from a Morrocan meteorite dealer on the meteorite fair in Ensisheim, France.

Physical characteristics: Three brownish fragments without fusion crust.

Petrography: The meteorite displays a brownish to orange interior and is composed of up to 1 cm sized type 6 and black impact melt clasts set in type 3 matrix. Fe-rich olivine is the predominant mineral phase in the type 6 clasts. In the matrix, olivine and low-Ca pyroxene are mostly compositionally unequilibrated. Chondrules have an average diameter of about 450 μm. More minor phases include low-Ca pyroxene, Ca-pyroxene, sodic plagioclase, sulfides, and chromite; no metal has been detected.

Geochemistry: type 3 lithology: olivine: Fa25.5±11.1 (Fa14.1-43.5, n=24); low-Ca pyroxene: Fs12.1±7.7Wo0.8±0.8 (Fs1.0-27.3Wo0.2-2.7, n=19); type 6 lithology: olivine: Fa37.4±0.3 (Fa36.9-37.8, n=12); Ca-pyroxene: Fs11.7±0.6Wo40.2±1.9 (Fs10.9-12.7Wo35.9-42.9, n=8); feldspar: An9.8-13.0Ab85.2-89.4Or0.5-1.8, n=6

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Place of purchase:Ensisheim, France
Date:P 2005
Mass (g):520
Shock stage:S4
Weathering grade:W3
Fayalite (mol%):25.5; 37.4
Ferrosilite (mol%):12.1; 11.7
Wollastonite (mol%):0.8; 40.2
Classifier:A. Greshake, MNB
Type spec mass (g):23
Type spec location:MNB
Main mass:Christian Anger
Comments:Submitted by Ansgar Greshake
   and collections
MNB: Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, D-10115 Berlin, Germany (institutional address; updated 24 Dec 2011)
Anger: Christian Anger, Korngasse 6, 2405 Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, Austria; Website (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 111, in preparation (2022)
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     This is 1 of 8777 approved meteorites from (Northwest Africa) (plus 1879 unapproved names)

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