Lunar Meteorite: Mount DeWitt 12007

Mount DeWitt 12007 (94 g) in the field (left and center; photo credit Korea Polar Research Institute) and at home (right; photo credit: Museo Nazionale dell’Antartide, Università degli Studi di Siena)
Two views of lab sample of DEW 12007. Photo credit: Randy Korotev

from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 103

Mount DeWitt 12007 (DEW 12007)

Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica
[Collected jointly by Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide (PNRA), Italy, and Korean Expedition for Antarctic Meteorites (KOREAMET)]
Find: 2013 Jan 3
Mass: 94.2 g (1 piece)

Lunar Meteorite

History: A single unweathered stone was found on a blue ice patch during the XXVIII PNRA expedition, 2012-2013 (in collaboration with KOREAMET). Nine additional distinct meteorites were found in the same icefield.

Physical characteristics: Fresh, oblate (7 × 3 × 3 cm) stone of 94.2 g. 7% of the external surface is covered by a dark brown vesicular fusion crust. The remaining surface shows abundant mm-sized white and pale gray clasts embedded in a dark gray fine-grained matrix.

Petrography: (A. Collareta and L. Folco, DST-PI) Breccia consisting of numerous crystal fragments (pyroxene, plagioclase, olivine, silica polymorphs), plagioclase-rich clasts, gabbroic clasts, impact melt particles, rare basaltic and mingled breccia clasts. Clasts are embedded in a very fine crystal-rich matrix, which contains vesicular glassy veins and agglutinates. Main minerals are plagioclase, pyroxene (pigeonite and augite), olivine, Ti-bearing chromite, Cr-bearing ulvöspinel, ilmenite, troilite, minor silica polymorphs, baddeleyite, tranquillityite, and tiny FeNi-metal grains.

Geochemistry: (M. Gemelli, M. D’Orazio, A. Collareta, DST-PI) Pigeonite Fs42.3±10.7Wo13.5±3.5, Fe/Mn=63±11, n=19; augite Fs41.1±12.3Wo28.8±4.6, Fe/Mn=66±9, n=14, plagioclase An92.1±3.6Ab7.6±3.5Or0.3±0.1, n=13, fayalitic olivine Fa90.6±2.0, Fe/Mn=90±2, n=4, forsteritic olivine Fa41.5±6.0, Fe/Mn=94±2, n=3. All analyses by EPMA. Bulk Fe/Mn = 65 by HHXRF. Oxygen isotopes done by laser fluorination (A. Pack, UGött): d18O = 6.05, d17O = 3.13, Δ17O = -0.071 (all permil).

Classification: Lunar (mingled regolithic breccia)

Specimens: 47.5 g endcut (type specimen) at MNA-SI, 46.7 g endcut at KOPRI.

Randy Says…

Mount DeWitt (DEW) 12007 is almost certainly launch paired with to QUE 94281 and Yamato 793274/981031 from Antarctica as well as NWA 4884 and the NWA 7611 clan from the Sahara and possibly EET 87521/96008 from Antarctica. See discussion at NWA 7611.

More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

DEW 12007


ANSMET Location Map


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