Dhofar 1436 & 1443
of Dhofar 1436
credit: Randy Korotev)
slice of Dhofar 1443
credit: Randy Korotev)
Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 93, Meteoritics
& Planetary Science 43,
Sultanate of Oman
Find: 2004 December 8
Mass: 24.2 g
meteorite (feldspathic impact melt breccia)
This meteorite was discovered by an anonymous finder on a limestone plateau
in the Dhofar region of Sultanate of Oman, far from other known lunar
characteristics: A single brownish-green stone of 24.2
g total weight. Fusion crust is absent.
(Lorenz C. and Nazarov M., Vernad) The
meteorite is an impact melt breccia, consisting of lithic and mineral
clasts embedded in a partly devitrified glassy matrix with abundant
bubbles. The lithic clasts are mainly impact melt breccias and rocks of
anorthositic, gabbro-anorthositic, and gabbro-noritic compositions.
Granular breccia clasts are also present. Lithic fragments range from 0.01
to 7 mm in size. Major minerals are pyroxene and feldspar, with minor
olivine. Accessories are silica, chromite, ilmenite, Ca-phosphate, troilite
and FeNi metal.
composition and geochemistry: (Lorenz C., Kononkova N., Vernad,
EMP): feldspar (An92.5-98.7Ab1.1-7.2); orthopyroxene
(En68.2-84.1Wo0.2-5.0; Fe/Mn 62); clinopyroxene (En13.4-63.7Wo12.8-40.5;
Fe/Mn 63); olivine (Fo42.6-72.7; Fe/Mn 96); spinel is
Al-Ti-chromite. Average glassy matrix composition: SiO2 = 45.1,
TiO2 = 0.26, Al2O3 = 30.8, FeO = 4.49, MgO
= 3.94, CaO = 16.7, Na2O = 0.48, K2O = 0.04 [all
wt%]. Oxygen Isotopes: (I. A. Franchi, OU) δ17O=3.286; δ18O=6.244
Lunar meteorite (feldspathic impact melt breccia): minor weathering.
A type specimen of 5.2 g and one thin section are on deposit at Vernad.
An anonymous collector holds the main mass.
Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 95, Meteoritics
& Planetary Science 44,
Find: 2001 April 12
Mass: 36.7 g
April 12, 2001, one stone was found by an anonymous finder in the Dhofar
region, Oman. Some years later three further tiny fragments were found
within a few feet. The total mass of all stones is 36.7 g.
characteristics: The rock is slightly weathered and
relatively dark in hand specimen.
and mineralogy (A. Bischoff, IfP
and E. H. Haiderer, Vienna): typical anorthositic breccia with light
anorthositic clasts and abundant impact melt clasts embedded within a
tough, partially molten matrix. This mostly devitrified matrix contains
abundant vesicles and schlieren. Based on the optical appearance the rock
has some similarities with Dhofar 081, however, the coordinates do not
compositions: feldspar ranges from An83–98
with a mean of An94.8 ± 3.5; pyroxene is Fs12–49;
mean: Fs30 ± 9; and olivine is Fa19–52; mean: Fa35.5
7.4 g and one polished thin section (IfP,
an anonymous collector holds the main mass.
1436 and Dhofar 1443 were collected <800 m from each other. They are
similar in appearance and identical in composition. We assume that they are
paired. Although JaH 348 is reported to have been collected 143 km away, it
is also similar in appearance and composition. The two meteorites might be
1436 | 1443
Schematic Map of the Find Locations of the
Dhofar Lunar Meteorites
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