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Northwest Africa 3146
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 3146
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 3146
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2003
Country: Morocco
Mass:help 304 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 89  (2005)  R4
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  R4
Recommended:  R4    [explanation]

This is 1 of 65 approved meteorites classified as R4.   [show all]
Search for other: Rumuruti chondrites, Rumuruti chondrites (type 4-7)
Writeup from MB 89:

Northwest Africa 3146

Morocco or Algeria

Purchased 2003 December

Rumuruti chondrite (R4)

Several brown stones (total weight 304 g) were purchased from a Moroccan dealer in Erfoud by A. and G. Hupé (Hupé) in 2003 December.  Classification and mineralogy (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS):  Complex genomict to polymict breccia composed of sparse clasts in a matrix of similar lithologies.  All components consist of relatively well-formed chondrules of various types and some angular (possibly xenocrystic) mineral clasts in a finer grained matrix.  Most chondrules contain relatively ferroan, Ni-bearing olivine (Fa40.3-40.5, NiO = 0.23-0.26 wt.%) typical of R chondrites, but some chondrules contain more magnesian olivine (~Fa20 and ~Fa2-5) or magnesian orthopyroxene (~Fs10).  Other phases include Ti-bearing chromite, Cr-bearing clinopyroxene (Fs9.7Wo47.1 to Fs11.4Wo45.3, Cr2O3 = 0.57 wt.%), relatively sodic plagioclase (An12.2Or3.6 to An27.7Or0.9; some as large, angular grains), Cr-rich orthopyroxene laths, iron sulfide, probable xenocrysts of olivine (~Fa15) and orthopyroxene (Fs12.5Wo0.3), and interstitial feldspathic glass.  Specimens: type specimen, 20 g, and one polished thin section, UWS; main mass, xHupé.

Data from:
  Table 7
  Line 482:
Origin or pseudonym:Morocco
Place of purchase:Erfoud
Mass (g):304
Type spec mass (g):20
Comments:see separate entry; Undefined note: UWS means University of Washington, Department of Geological Sciences, Box 351310, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
   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)
xHupé: (old address—now see GHupé or AHupé) G. and A. Hupe, 2616 Lake Youngs Court SE, Renton, WA 98058., United States (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 89, MAPS 40, A201-A263 (2005)
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     This is 1 of 1871 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 24 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)

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