Lunar Meteorite: Northwest Africa 11472

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A slice of Northwest Africa 10472. Photo credit: MINES ParisTech, Musée de Minéralogie

from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 106

Northwest Africa 11472 (NWA 11472)

(northwestern Africa)
Find: 2017 March
Mass: 840 g (1 piece)

Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: A single stone was found in March 2017 by a nomad in an undisclosed region of the Sahara. The stone was later purchased by Luc Labenne. 

Physical characteristics: A single grayish stone. Cut surface reveals a gray interior with mm sized light gray and white clasts. 

Petrography: (J. Gattacceca, H. Pourkhorsandi, CEREGE): Brecciated igneous rock. Clasts of anorthite (to 5 mm), olivine, pyroxene set in a feldspathic matrix. Opaque minerals: ilmenite, chromite, troilite, metal (to 40 μm).

Geochemistry: Olivine Fa39.7±13.2, range Fa19.6-55.1, FeO/MnO=101.0±19.1 (N=8). Pyroxene Fs33.1±9.3Wo­, FeO/MnO=65.9±10.7 (N=8). Plagioclase An96.1±1.0Ab3.8±0.9Or0.1±0.1 (N=6). Chromite Cr/(Cr+Al)=0.56, TiO2=11.4wt%, Al2O3=15.4wt%, Cr2O3=28.4wt% (N=2). Magnetic susceptibility log χ (× 10-9 m3/kg) = 2.82.

Classification: Lunar, feldspathic breccia

Specimens: 2 g at CEREGE. Main mass with Luc Labenne.

Randy Says…

I have not studied NWA 11472. It may be another NWA 8046 pair.

More Information

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NWA 11472 

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