Northwest Africa 8182 (NWA 8182)
Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)
History: Purchased by Matt Morgan in 2013, reportedly found in Algeria.
Physical characteristics: Single stone, complete, dome shaped, remnants of brown-black fusion crust. Saw cut reveals a range of clast and fragmental feldspar sizes set in dark fine grained matrix, dark gray shock melt veins throughout.
Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) Microprobe examination of a polished mount shows two main types of breccia: 1) cataclastic breccia with densely packed olivine, pyroxene and plagioclase fragments and abundant vesiculated shock melt veins, 2) feldspathic breccia with primarily fragmental plagioclase set in a very fine-grained matrix. Chromite, ilmenite, zircon, phosphate, silica, and sulfide observed.
Geochemistry: C. Agee and N. Muttik, UNM). Olivines are fairly uniformly Mg-rich, olivine Fa36.5±7.1, Fe/Mn=99±10, n=31. Some plagioclase has relatively high albite content, An93.4±2.2Ab6.2±1.9Or0.4±0.3, range An89.1-96.3, n=12. This specimen appears to have three distinct clinopyroxene populations, likely representing at least three lithologic types: 1) Mg-rich clinopyroxene, Fs32.8±12.3Wo18.6±8.0, Fe/Mn=57±9, n=17; 2) Fe-rich clinopyroxene, Fs51.0±7.9Wo24.3±6.7, Fe/Mn=72±5, n=15; 3) hedenbergite, Fs53.1Wo41.6, Fe/Mn=89 + Fs-rich pigeonite, Fs81.0Wo13.0, Fe/Mn=63.
Classification: Achondrite (lunar meteorite). Feldspathic breccia.
Specimens: A total of 3.5 g, including a probe mount, is on deposit at UNM. MtMorgan holds the main mass.
Northwest Africa 8182 might be another member of the NWA 2995 clan.
Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Korotev R. L. and Irving A. J. (2021) Lunar meteorites from northern Africa. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 206–240.