Lunar Meteorite

Dhofar 1528



Dhofar 1528 in Oman

(photo credit: Luc Labenne)

Dhofar 1528
(photo credit: Luc Labenne)

A slice of Dhofar 1528
(photo credit: Randy Korotev)

Photomicrograph of a thin section of Dhofar 1528. Click on image for enlargement.
(photo credit: Axel Wittmann)

A rare pink spinel troctolite in Dhofar 1528
(photo credit: Axel Wittmann)


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 100

Dhofar 1528

Zufar, Oman
Found: Jun 2009
Mass: 213.2 g

Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Complete individual recovered by Luc Labenne in June, 2009.

Petrography: (H. Haack, NHMD). Clast-laden vitric breccia consisting of fine-grained mineral debris (mostly pyroxenes, olivine and anorthite) and polycrystalline igneous clasts. Clast sizes to 2 mm. Mineral clasts include anorthitic plagioclase, low-Ca pyroxene, olivine, spinel and rare kamacitic, chromite, and troilite. Lithic clasts include rhyolite (composed of K-rich rhyolitic glass with Ca-rich ferrolithic pyroxene microlites) and troctolite (composed of olivine, plagioclase, and Cr-poor spinel). Metal grains are partially oxidized. Many of the olivine grains are partially to totally altered by weathering.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa8-27), Plagioclase (An95-99), augite (Fs21-29Wo8-11). Bulk composition: (R. Korotev, WUSL): 24% Al2O3, 6.0% FeO, 9.1% MgO, 265 ppm Ni, 2.2 ppm Sm, 5 ppb Ir, 1.4 ppm Th.

Classification: Achondrite (lunar, feldspathic breccia).

Specimens: A total of 20.0 g is deposited at NHMD.


Randy Says…

I suspect that it's unlikely paired with any of the other lunar meteorites from Oman, despite being found <10 km from Dhofar 025 and it's pairs.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

Dhofar 1528


Schematic Map of the Find Locations of the Dhofar Lunar Meteorites


Korotev R. L. (2012) Lunar meteorites from Oman. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 47, 1365–1402. doi: 10.1111/j.1945-5100.2012.01393.x

Korotev R. L. (2017) Update (2012–2017) on lunar meteorites from Oman. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 52, 1251-1256.
All Korotev data on Omanian lunar meteorites.

Korotev R. L and Irving A. J. (2013) Keeping up with the lunar meteorites - 2013 (abstract). In 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstract no. 1216.

Wittmann A., Korotev R. L., and Jolliff B. L. (2015) Lunar mantle spinel in Dhofar 1528? 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstract no. 1460.

Wittmann A. and Korotev R. L. (2016) Lunar mantle rocks in Dhofar 1528 (abstract). 79th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, abstract no. 6019.



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Prepared by: Randy L. Korotev

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

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Last revised: 9 January 2018