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Lunar Meteorite

Meteorite Hills 01210

Antarctica

 


Meteorite Hills 01210. 

(photo credit: NASA)

 

Fragments of MET 01210. Tick marks are 1 mm apart.

(photo credit: Randy Korotev)

 

from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 88, Meteoritics & Planetary Science 39, A215–A272 (2004)

Classification from Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2004

Meteorite Hills 01210

Location: Meteorite Hills
Field No.: 13805
Dimensions (cm): 4.0x2.2x1.7
Mass: 22.83 g

Lunar-Anorth. Breccia

[Randy's note: Although classified here as an anorthositic breccia, the meteorite is a breccia composed mainly of mare basalt, but with some anorthositic material (the white clasts in the photos above).]

Macroscopic Description: Cecilia Satterwhite. 30% of this meteorite’s exterior has brown/black fusion crust with some oxidation. The interior is a light gray matrix with abundant clasts. Minor weathering is visible. Gray, white and cream colored inclusions are visible on the exterior and interior.

Thin Section (,2) Description: Tim McCoy, Linda Welzenbach. The section shows a groundmass of comminuted pyroxene (up to 3 mm) and plagioclase with fine- to coarse-grained basaltic clasts ranging up to 1 mm. Most of the pyroxene is augite with compositions ranging from Fs37-84Wo13-36 (Fe/Mn ~ 70), and plagioclase An90-96. The meteorite is lunar, probably an anorthositic regolith breccia.  

 

Randy Says…

Although a breccia consisting mainly of basalt, it has some compositional and mineralogical features that suggest it is related to unbrecciated basalts Asuka 881757, Yamato 793169, and MIL 05035, all of which are likely launch paired (several rocks blasted off the Moon by one impact).

 

More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

MET 01210

Map

 

ANSMET Location Map

 

References

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Arai T., Misawa K., and Kojima H. (2007) Lunar meteorite MIL 05035: mare basalt paired with Asuka-881757 (abstract). In Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVIII, abstract no. 1582, 38th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston.

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Basilevsky A. T., Neukum G., and Nyquist L. (2010) Lunar meteorites: What they tell us about the spatial and temporal distribution of mare basalts (abstract). In Lunar and Planetary Science XLI, abstract no. 1214, 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston.

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Day J. M. D., Floss C., Taylor L. A., Anand M. and Patchen A. D. (2006) Evolved mare basalt magmatism, high Mg/Fe feldspathic crust, chondritic impactors, and the petrogenesis of Antarctic lunar breccia meteorites Meteorite Hills 01210 and Pecora Escarpment 02007. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 70, 5957–5989.

Fritz J. (2012) Impact ejection of lunar meteorites and the age of Giordano Bruno. Icarus 221, 1183-1186.

Huber H. and Warren P. H. (2005) MET01210: Another lunar mare meteorite (regolith breccia) with extensive pyroxene exsolution, and not part of the YQ launch pair (abstract). In Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI, abstract no. 2401, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston.

Joy K. H., Crawford I. A., Russell S. S., Swinyard B., Kellett B., and Grande M. (2006) Lunar regolith breccias MET 01210, PCA 02007 and DAG 400: Their importance in understanding the lunar surface and implications for the scientific analysis of D-CIXS data (abstract). In Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVII, abstract no. 1274, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston.

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Joy K. H., Crawford I.A., Anand M., Greenwood R. C., Franch, I. A., Russell S.S. (2008) The petrology and geochemistry of Miller Range 05035: A new lunar gabbroic meteorite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72, 3822–3844.

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Nishiizumi K., Hillegonds D. J., and Welten K. C. (2006) Exposure and terrestrial histories of lunar meteorites LAP 02205/02224/02226/02436, MET 01210, and PCA 02007 (abstract), In Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVII, abstract no. 2369, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston.

Patchen A. D., Taylor L. A., and Day J. M. D. (2005) Mineralogy and petrography of lunar mare regolith breccia meteorite MET 01-210 (abstract). In Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI, abstract no. 1411, 36th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston.

Righter K. and Bussey B. (2006) Mineralogy and petrology of the mare basalt-rich breccia MET 01210 (abstract). 69th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, abstract no. 5364. Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston.

Terada K., Sasaki Y., Anand M., Joy K. H., Sano Y. (2007) Uranium-lead systematics of phosphates in lunar basaltic regolith breccia, Meteorite Hills 01210. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2007.04.029.

Terada K., Sasaki Y., Anand M., Joy K. H., and Sana Y. (2007) U-Pb systematics of phosphates in lunar basaltic regolith breccia, MET 01210 (abstract). Antarctic Meteorites XXXI, p. 97–98, National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo.

Will P., Maden C., and Busemann H. (2016) Noble gases in recently found hot and cold desert lunar meteorites (abstract). 79th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, abstract no. 6548.

Zeigler R. A., Korotev R. L., Jolliff B. J., and Haskin L. A. (2005) Petrography of lunar meteorite MET 01210, a new basaltic regolith breccia (abstract). In Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI, abstract no. 2385, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston.

Zeigler R. A., Korotev R. L., and Jolliff B. L. (2007) Miller Range 05035 and Meteorite Hills 01210: Two basaltic lunar meteorites, both likely source-crater paired with Asuka 881757 and Yamato 793169 (abstract). Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVIII, abstract no. 2110. Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston.

 

 

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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: 12-July-2017