Lunar Meteorite: Northeast Africa 014

Libya

Outside and inside of NEA 014. Photo credit: A. Habibi

from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 109

Northeast Africa 014 (NEA 014)

Libya
Purchased: 2030 August
Mass: 1601 g (1 piece)

Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Purchased by Aziz Habibi in August 2020 from a dealer in Errachidia, Morocco.

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and P. Carpenter, WUSL) Breccia composed of mineral clasts of anorthite, relatively abundant exsolved pigeonite and subordinate olivine set in a very fine grained matrix (sparsely vesicular) containing ilmenite, aluminous chromite, troilite and taenite. Pyroxene grains consist of augite lamellae within orthopyroxene or pigeonite hosts.

Geochemistry: Orthopyroxene host (Fs28.4-31.0Wo3.1-3.3, FeO/MnO = 54-61, N = 3), pigeonite host (Fs36.7Wo9.3, FeO/MnO = 65), pigeonite lamella (Fs27.2Wo21.5, FeO/MnO = 67), augite lamellae (Fs13.1-19.1Wo40.1-40.9, FeO/MnO = 50, N = 2), olivine (Fa21.0-23.5, FeO/MnO = 81-103, N = 3), anorthite (An95.6-97.1Or0.1, N = 3).

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia, olivine-poor).

Specimens: 20.5 g including one polished mount at UWB; remainder with Mr. A. Habibi.

Randy Says…

I have not studied NEA 014.

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