Dhofar 733 & 1766
733 in the field
credit: anonymous finder)
very small block of Dhofar 733
credit: Randy Korotev)
1766 in the field
credit: anonymous finder)
faces of 2 slices of Dhofar 1766. Millimeter ticks for scale. The
lightest-colored regions are vesicles filled with terrestrial alteration minerals
like gypsum and celestite. Click on image for enlargement.
of a thick (100 µm, top) and thin (35µm, bottom) section of Dhofar 1766.
Maximum width: 12 mm.
Bulletin, No. 87, Meteoritics
& Planetary Science 38,
Found: 2002 November 12
Mass: 98 g
meteorite (anorthositic granulitic breccia)
brownish grey stone weighing 98 g was found in the Dhofar region of Oman.
and classification (S. Demidova, Vernad;
MNHV): fusion crust is absent; the rock contains
relics of mineral and lithic clasts and shows granoblastic or
poikiloblastic textures; anorthositic, troctolitic and gabbro-noritic
lithologies are present.
compositions: feldspar, An89-96;
orthopyroxene, Wo4-5En73-76; clinopyroxene, Wo36-40En48-52;
olivine, Fo71-76 (Fe/Mn ~87 at). Accessory minerals are
armalcolite, ilmenite, Al-Chromite, Ca-phosphate, troilite, and FeNi metal
(31-43 wt% Ni; 1.3-1.7 wt% Co); lath-shaped armalcolite is most common; the
stone is moderately weathered; smectite, gypsum, and Fe hydroxides are
present. Dho 733 was found far away from other lunar stones collected in
the Dhofar region and has a distinctly different texture. It is probably
not paired with any other Dhofar lunar finds known so far.
type specimens of 20 g, and a thin section, Vernad;
main mass with anonymous finder.
The Meteoritical Bulletin, No.
Found: 2011 December 9
Mass: 292 g
Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)
Found by a prospector in December 2011.
characteristics: Angular 5 × 4 × 3 cm stone (292 g)
with shiny, reddish exposure surface and bluish-grey basal surface. On
surface ~5 mm rounded, knobby, yellowish-white to dark grey, partly melted
clasts are embedded in a flow-textured groundmass, which has abundant,
(A. Wittmann and P.Carpenter, WUSL)
Melt rock with flow texture of aphanitic melt enclosing 5 to <0.5 mm
size clasts of feldspar-rich rocks. All clasts are recrystallized but
retain outlines of original textures of poikilitic to subhedral mafic
silicates in plagioclase-dominated groundmass. Groundmass plagioclase forms
dense masses of tabular, felty textured crystals
with <10 µm skeletal pyroxene crystals filling interstices. Olivine
occurs up to 50 µm, zoned, subhedral crystals in the melt groundmass, and
in partly assimilated clasts is overgrown with augite that poikilitically
encloses acicular plagioclase, silica-rich mesostasis and euhedral, up to
30 µm armalcolite crystals. Accessory troilite occurs in the melt
groundmass as round to oval, <10 µm crystals, some of which are
intergrown with minute taenite and tetratenite
grains; subhedral to granular, 30 to 250 µm chromian spinel crystals
exhibit variable ° of decomposition and recrystallization. Abundant
vesicles are hollow or occupied by secondary gypsum, celestite, rare
barite, and greenish-yellow, Mg-rich phyllosilicates (talc?) that are rimmed
(A. Wittmann, WUSL):
N=21); olivine (Fa10-30, molar Fe/Mn=61-195; N=20); augite (Fs10-21Wo24-42,
molar Fe/Mn=34-40; N=3); armalcolite (up to 0.4 wt% ZrO2; n=6);
; n=3), troilite (up to 0.3 wt.% Ni; N=3), metal (36.5-45.5 wt% Ni, 1.3-1.4
wt% Co). Bulk
composition (R. Korotev, WUSL)
INAA of subsamples gave mean abundances of (in wt.%) FeO 2.9, Na2O
0.69, CaO 16, (in ppm) Sc 4.6, La 1.2, Sm 0.58, Eu 1.6, Yb 0.36, Th 0.08,
and 1.1 ppb Ir.
Lunar (feldspathic melt rock).
20.3 g of type material and one polished thin section are at UWB.
The remaining material is held by the anonymous finder.
Dhofar 733 and Dhofar 1766 are distinct in having concentrations of Na and
Eu about twice that typical of other feldspathic lunar meteorites as a
result of more albitic plagioclase. Because they are compositionally
similar to each other and were found in proximity to each other, I suspect
that they are paired despite the textural differences.
733 | 1766
Schematic Map of the Find Locations of the
Dhofar Lunar Meteorites
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