Lunar Meteorite: Northwest Africa 13779

from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 110


Northwest Africa 13779 (NWA 13779)

northwestern Africa
Purchased: 2020
Mass: 80 g (1 piece)

Classification:  Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: The meteorite was purchased from a group of meteorites hunters in Nouadhibou, Mauritania in late 2020.

Physical characteristics: Dark grayish rock without fusion crust.

Petrography: (A. Greshake, MNB) Polymict feldspathic breccia composed of lithic clasts (gabbroic, fine-grained subophitic basalts, impact melt up to 5 mm in size) and mineral fragments set in a more fine-grained clastic and partly shock melted matrix. Main minerals are zoned low-Ca pyroxene, augite, olivine, and plagioclase. Minor phases include silica, ferroan olivine, chromite, ilmenite, and FeS. Some cracks are filled with secondary calcite.

Geochemistry: low-Ca pyroxene: Fs20.2±7.0Wo3.3±0.3 (Fs12.7-27.9Wo2.6-3.8, FeO/MnO=51±4, n=10); augite: Fs27.4±11.1Wo37.2±5.9 (Fs216.7-45.1Wo27.8-43.1, FeO/MnO=46±7, n=17); olivine: Fa38.3±2.6, (Fa35.2-40.7, FeO/MnO=88±7, n=9); ferroan olivine: Fa87.8±2.0, (Fa85.6-90.0, FeO/MnO=73±4, n=8); plagioclase: An95.1±4.9 (An85.0-97.7, n=10)

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

Specimens: 17 g at MNB; main mass with Salamu Ali

Randy Says…


I have not studied NWA 13788. From the description and photos, it might be another NWA 8673 pair.

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