Lunar Meteorite: Dhofar 1527 and unnamed pair


Two views of Dhofar 1527. Photo credit: Luc Labenne

Unnamed 96. Photo credit: anonymous finder

Two sides of a slice of Dhofar 1527. Note the large grains of metal.  Photo credit: Randy Korotev

Interior of unnamed 96. Photo credits: anonymous finder (left) and  Randy Korotev (right)

from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 100

Dhofar 1527

Zufar, Oman
Found: 2009 March
Mass: 42.6 g (1 piece)

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.

Randy Says…

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.

More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

Dhofar 1527


Schematic Map of  Find Locations of  Lunar Meteorite from Oman


Korotev R. L. (2012) Lunar meteorites from OmanMeteoritics & Planetary Science 47, 1365-1402.

Korotev R. L. (2013) Siderophile elements in brecciated lunar meteorites44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstract no. 1028.

Korotev R. L. (2017) Update (2012–2017) on lunar meteorites from OmanMeteoritics & Planetary Science 52, 1251-1256.

All Korotev data on Omani lunar meteorites.

Korotev R. L. and Irving A. J. (2013) Keeping up with the lunar meteorites  201344th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstract no. 1216.

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