Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 10142

northwestern Africa



Northwest Africa 10142
(photo credit: Jarkko Kettunen)



Sawn face of NWA 10142
(photo credit: Jarkko Kettunen)


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 104

Northwest Africa 10142

(Northwest Africa)
Purchased: 2014
Mass: 102 g

Classification: Lunar meteorite

History: Purchased in Mauritania by Mohamed Aid, 2014.

Physical characteristics: Single stone. A saw cut reveals a feldspathic breccia with dark-gray shock melt veins.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite is dominated by feldspathic-rich domains of fine-grained crystals and larger plagioclase fragments. Abundant shock melt veins are present, some with vesicles. Accessory troilite and ilmenite were observed.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and N. Muttik, UNM) olivine Fa21.3±3.6, Fe/Mn=105±5, n=2; pigeonite Fs25.5±7.9Wo12.0±1.6, Fe/Mn=57±6, n=2; augite Fs17.6±4.7Wo43.2±1.5, Fe/Mn=49±15, low Ca pyroxene Fs51.3Wo2.2, Fe/Mn=63, n=1; plagioclase An96.5±0.4Ab3.3±0.4Or0.2±0.0, n=6; Shock melt (20 µm defocused electron beam, proxy for bulk meteorite composition): SiO2=43.6±0.5, TiO2=0.18±0.07, Al2O3=31.8±2.2, Cr2O3=0.06±0.04, MgO=3.3±1.7, FeO=3.0±1.3, MnO=0.04±0.02, CaO=17.3±0.5, NiO=0.01±0.01, Na2O=0.33±0.03, K2O=0.06±0.02 (all wt%), Fe/Mn=88±62, Mg#=64±7, MgO+FeO=6.3±2.9 (wt%), n=23.

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia).

Specimens: 20.5 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Jarkko Kettunen holds the main mass.


Randy Says…

I haven’t analyzed this one yet.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA  10142






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: Randy L. Korotev
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Washington University in St. Louis

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