Lunar Meteorite: Northwest Africa 12216


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 108

Northwest Africa 12216 (12216)

Purchased: 2018 May
Mass: 1868 g (1 piece)

Lunar Meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Found near Wad Alma, Algeria and purchased by Darryl Pitt in May 2018 from a Mauritanian dealer.

 Physical characteristics: A small (34.4 g) unusually hard, dark-gray stone, mostly very fine grained and vesicular with sparse white clasts.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Small mineral clasts of anorthite, low-Ca pyroxene, subcalcic augite and olivine are set in a very fine-grained, vesicular matrix containing ilmenite, Ti-poor chromite, kamacite and troilite.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa19.9-37.1, FeO/MnO = 80-119, N = 3), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs26.9Wo4.9, FeO/MnO = 53), pigeonite (Fs23.8Wo7.1, FeO/MnO = 50), subcalcic augite (Fs62.6Wo28.7, FeO/MnO = 75; Fs13.3Wo39.1, FeO/MnO = 36), plagioclase (An96.9-97.4Wo0.2-0.1, N = 2).

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic regolithic breccia).

Specimens: 9.2 g including one polished endcut at UWB; remainder with DPitt.

Randy Says…

I have not studied Northwest Africa 12216. It may be another stone of the NWA 8046 clan.

More Information

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NWA 12216

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