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Bechar 008
Basic information Name: Bechar 008
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2022
Country: Algeria
Mass:help 1700 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 112  (2024)  Howardite
Recommended:  Howardite    [explanation]

This is 1 of 453 approved meteorites classified as Howardite.   [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, HED achondrites, and Howardites
Comments: Approved 23 Feb 2023
Writeup from MB 112:

Bechar 008        30.25293 N, 3.53005 W

Bechar, Algeria

Purchased: 2022 Jul

Classification: HED achondrite (Howardite)

History: Reportedly a group of meteorite hunters found several fragments of this material in Algeria, in an area called Alagla (near Abadla) in July 2022. Several months later Mohamed Ali Loud bought a total of 1700 g from a meteorite dealer in Mauritania.

Petrography (K. Metzler, IfP) Polymict achondritic breccia, consisting of mineral fragments and lithic clasts up to ~5 mm in size. These components are embedded in a fine-grained clastic matrix of related debris. Lithic clasts are dominated by eucritic gabbros and granulites, both of which show exsolved pyroxene. Mineral fragments include various eucritic pyroxenes (with and without augite exsolution lamellae), diogenitic pyroxene, feldspar, a silica polymorph, chromite, ilmenite, and Fe-Ni metal. About 10-20 vol% diogenitic components.

Geochemistry: Mineral compositions and geochemistry: Gabbro clast: Low-Ca pyroxene (host): Fs60.6±0.5 Wo3.1±0.2 (Fs59.9-61.2 Wo2.8-3.3); mean Fe/Mn (at.): 30.3; n=6. Ca-rich pyroxene (exsolution lamellae) Fs28.8±1.4 Wo40.9±1.5 (Fs27.4-30.5 Wo38.8-42.6); mean Fe/Mn (at.): 31.5; n=6. Plagioclase: An86.8±1.8 Or0.3±0.3 (An85.4-89.4 Or0.0-0.8); n=6. Diogenitic pyroxene: Fs22.5±0.5 Wo2.0±0.3 (Fs21.5-23.2 Wo1.5-2.4); mean Fe/Mn (at.): 32.6; n=7. Plagioclase fragments from clastic matrix: An89.6±3.6 Or0.5±0.4 (An82.5-95.7 Or0.1-1.1); n=11.

Classification: Howardite, based on mineral chemistry, variety of eucritic lithologies, and occurrence of >10 vol% of diogenitic components.

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Place of purchase:Mauritania
Date:P 2022 Jul
Latitude:30.25293 N
Longitude:3.53005 W
Mass (g):1700
Shock stage:moderate
Weathering grade:low
Ferrosilite (mol%):60.6±0.5; 28.8±1.4; 22.5±0.5
Wollastonite (mol%):3.1±0.2; 40.9±1.5; 2.0±0.3
Classifier:K. Metzler, IfP
Type spec mass (g):20
Type spec location:IfP
Main mass:Mohamed Ali Loud
Comments:Submitted by K. Metzler, IfP
   and collections
IfP: Institut für Planetologie, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, 48149 Münster, Germany (institutional address; updated 23 Jan 2012)
References: Published in Gattacceca J., McCubbin F. M., Grossman J. N., Schrader D. L., Cartier C., Consolmagno G., Goodrich C., Greshake A., Gross J., Joy K. H., Miao B. and Zhang B. (2024) The Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 112. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 59, 1820–1823. ?
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     Recommended::   (30° 15' 11"N, 3° 31' 48"W)

     This is 1 of 37 approved meteorites from Bechar, Algeria (plus 1 unapproved name)
     This is 1 of 1376 approved meteorites from Algeria (plus 31 unapproved names) (plus 4 impact craters)
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