Lunar Meteorite

Jiddat al Harasis 348



A slice of JaH 348. Click on image for enlargement.

(photo credit: Randy Korotev)


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 95, Meteoritics & Planetary Science 44, 429–462 (2009)

Jiddat al Harasis 348

Find: 6 March 2006
Mass: 18.4 g

Lunar (feldspathic fragmental breccia)

History and physical characteristics: A small (18.4 g), complete stone with no remaining fusion crust was recovered from the Jiddat al Harasis region of Oman on March 6, 2006, by Robert Ward.

Petrography (J. Wittke and T. Bunch, NAU): Clast-rich, fragmental breccia with sparse vesicles (<0.3 mm) that is dominated by many varieties of quench-textured impact-melt breccias and plagioclase fragments. Minor amounts of anorthositic olivine gabbros, troctolites, and olivine/pyroxene fragments are also present.

Mineral compositions: Anorthositic gabbro olivine (Fa28.4–32.2, FeO/MnO = 89 to 98; Ca-rich pyroxenes, Fs10.1–25.7Wo40.6–13.0; plagioclase, An95.2–97.7), troctolite olivine (Fa17–24.3, FeO/ MnO = 96 – 103), plagioclase, An96.5.

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic fragmental breccia).

Type specimens: A total of 3.7 g is on deposit at NAU. Robert Ward holds the main mass.


Randy Says…

JaH 348 is similar in composition and appearance to paired stones Dhofar 1436 and Dhofar 1443 collected 143 km away. The two meteorites might be launch paired.  Or, maybe not.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

Jiddat al Harasis 348


Korotev R. L. (2011) Lunar meteorites from Antarctica and Oman (abstract). 74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, abstract no. 5073. Lunar and Planetary Institute.

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., Irving A. J., and Bunch T. E. (2012) Keeping Up With the Lunar Meteorites — 2012 (abstract). In Lunar and Planetary Science XLIII, abstract no. 1152, 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.



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Washington University in St. Louis

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Last revised: 9 January 2018