Lunar Meteorite

Dhofar 1629



Small chips of Dhofar 1629 prior to chemical analysis

(photo credit: Randy Korotev)


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 101, Meteoritics & Planetary Science

Dhofar 1629

Zufar, Oman
Found: 2007 Mar 2
Mass: 2.512 g

Lunar meteorite (basalt/anorthosite)

History: Found by a prospector on March 2, 2007, and subsequently purchased by Norbert Classen at the Ensisheim Show in June 2011.

Physical characteristics: A single black stone (2.512 g) devoid of fusion crust.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS). Fine regolithic breccia composed of olivine, anorthite, augite, pigeonite, ferropigeonite, hedenbergite (associated with Cr-armalcolite), silica polymorph, fayalite, aluminous chromite, troilite and rare shred-like kamacite grains. Portions of the matrix are glassy and contain tiny trapped bubbles.

Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa38.8-47.7, FeO/MnO = 86-106), pigeonite (Fs23.7-24.5Wo10.9-6.4, FeO/MnO = 45), ferropigeonite (Fs52.5-56.5Wo24.7-18.9, FeO/MnO = 62-64), plagioclase (An93.6-94.8Or0.1). Bulk composition (R. Korotev, WUSL): mean values from INAA of subsamples are 9.8 wt.% FeO, 24 ppm Sc, 320 ppm Ni, 8.1 ppm La, 3.7 ppm Sm, 0.75 ppm Eu, 3.2 ppm Yb, 1.7 ppm Th.

Classification: Lunar (mingled breccia). Although this stone is similar in bulk composition to Dhofar 925, Dhofar 960 and Dhofar 961, it differs in appearance from those stones and was found over 100 km away.

Specimens: A total of 0.52 g of material is on deposit at UWB. Classen holds the main mass.


Randy Says…

It may be launch paired with Dhofar 925/960/961 and SaU 449.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

Dhofar 1629


Schematic Map of the Find Locations of the Dhofar Lunar Meteorites


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

All Korotev data on Omani lunar meteorites.

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



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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: 29 May 2019