Lunar Meteorite: Larkman Nunatak 06638
|Listed in The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 94 |
Classification from Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2007
Larkman Nunatak 06638 (LAR 06638)
Location: Larkman Nunatak, Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica
Classification: Lunar-Anorthositic Breccia
Macroscopic Description: Kathleen McBride The bottom exterior surface has black fusion crust, while the top has a lighter brown crust. Polygonal fractures are present. The gray and white matrix has a sharp line where matrix becomes black with white inclusions.
Thin Section (,2) Description: Tim McCoy, Lauren LaCroix and Linda Welzenbach. The section shows a groundmass of comminuted pyroxene, olivine and plagioclase with grain sizes up to 1 mm. Clasts up to 2 mm include basalts, granulites and anorthosites. One-half of the section exhibits a darkened matrix. Olivine is Fa28-33, pyroxene ranges from Fs27-39Wo3-12 (Fe/Mn ~ 60), and plagioclase An93-98. The meteorite is lunar, probably an anorthositic regolith breccia.
Compositionally, LAR 06638 is a typical feldspathic lunar meteorite.
Meteoritical Bulletin Database
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