Lunar Meteorite: Pecora Escarpment 02007

Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica

Three views of Pecora Escarpment 02007 (22.4 g). The fusion crust on PCA 02007 is frothy and vesicular because the meteorite is a gas-rich regolith breccia, like QUE 93069. Photo credit: NASA/JSC

Small chips of PCA 02007 in the lab. The green lines in the background are 2 mm apart. Photo credit: Ryan Zeigler

Backscattered-electron image of PCA 02007, a regolith breccia. At the top and right is the glassy, vesicular fusion crust that occurs on the exterior of the meteorite in the photos above; the vesicles (gas bubbles) are black in this image. At the bottom of the image is the brecciated interior of the meteorite. Note that there is a sharp demarcation between the fusion crust and the interior, which did not get hot enough to melt.  Longest dimension: 1.3 cm. Photo credit: Ryan Zeigler

Transmitted-light photograph of the same thin section. Photo credit: Ryan Zeigler

Listed in The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 88

from Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter, vol. 26, no. 2, August, 2003

Pecora Escarpment 02007 (PCA 02007)

Field No.: 13690
Dimensions (cm): 4.0×3.5×1.0
Mass: 22.372 g (1 piece)

Lunar-Basaltic Breccia*

Macroscopic Description: Kathleen McBride. This is a disk shaped meteorite with brown exterior on the top portion of the rock. The bottom face has tan colored, ropy glass with a frothy appearance. Polygonal fractures and various clasts of different sizes, shapes and colors can be seen. The interior is composed of a hard, dark gray matrix with white clasts. Underneath the tan ropy glass is a layer of shiny green glass.

Thin Section (,4) Description: Tim McCoy, Linda Welzenbach. The section consists of an extremely fine-grained (melt?) matrix with isolated mineral grains and fine- to coarse-grained basaltic clasts in all size ranges up to 2 mm. Microprobe analyses reveal olivine of Fa27-33, pyroxene in a wide range of compositions from pigeonite Fs50Wo4 to augite of Fs19Wo43 with intermediate and more FeO-rich compositions, and plagioclase of An64-100 (with the most An96-100). The Fe/Mn ratio of the pyroxene averages ~53. The meteorite is a basaltic* lunar breccia.

Randy Says…

*PCA 02007 is actually a feldspathic breccia (26% Al2O3, 6.3% FeO), not a basaltic breccia.

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