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Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)
History: A complete stone recovered by Jim Labenne in March, 2009.
Petrography: (H. Haack, NHMD) Metal-rich clast-laden vitric breccia consisting of glass and fine-grained mineral debris (mostly pyroxenes, olivine, anorthite and metal), melt breccia fragments and polycrystalline igneous clasts. Clast sizes to 3 mm. Mineral clasts include anorthitic plagioclase, low-Ca pyroxene, olivine, kamacitic and troilite. Lithic clasts include rare basalts (composed of plagioclase and pyroxene) and troctolite (composed of plagioclase and olivine). Metal grains are partially oxidized. Some olivine grains are partially to totally altered by weathering. Veinlets filled with alteration products are abundant.
Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa20-37), plagioclase (An93-98), pigeonite (Fs21-29Wo8-11), and augite (Fs6-8 Wo32-36). Bulk composition: (R. Korotev, WUSL): 25% Al2O3, 8.0% FeO, 8.2% MgO, 1200 ppm Ni, 1.1 ppm Sm, 89 ppb Ir, 0.5 ppm Th.
Classification: Achondrite (lunar, feldspathic breccia).
Specimens: A total of 8.56 g is deposited at NHMD.
Dhofar 1527 is loaded with iron-nickel metal and, consequently, has the highest concentrations of platinum-group elements of any lunar meteorite that I’ve studied. My sample of the presumed pair (based on lithophile element concentrations) does not contain much metal.
Meteoritical Bulletin Database
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