Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 10461

northwestern Africa



Two sawn faces of Northwest Africa 10461
(photo credit: Jean Redelsperger)


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 105

Northwest Africa 10461

(Northwest Africa)
Purchased: 2015 August
Mass: 285.75 g

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Purchased by Jean Redelsperger from Aziz Habibi in Agadir, Morocco, August 2015. Reportedly found near the border with Mauritania.

Physical characteristics: Two identical appearing pieces 233.8 g and 51.95 g, with irregular exterior, no fusion crust. A saw cut reveals a polymict breccia with numerous fragmental light and dark clasts.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This breccia has numerous fragmental olivine, pyroxene, and plagioclase grains. There are also microgabbro clasts scattered throughout, as well as shock melt veins and pockets.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and M. Spilde, UNM) Olivine Fa26.8±8.5, Fe/Mn=93±9, n=23; low-Ca pyroxene Fs31.9±9.5Wo4.6±2.8, Fe/Mn=58±6, n=16; augite Fs23.4±10.5Wo34.6±9.8, Fe/Mn=53±10, n=10; plagioclase An96.1±0.5, n=19; Shock melt (20 μm defocused electron beam, proxy for bulk meteorite composition): SiO2=43.3±0.4, TiO2=0.19±0.05, Al2O3=28.9±2.5, Cr2O3=0.10±0.03, MgO=6.5±2.5, FeO=4.3±1.3, MnO=0.06±0.02, CaO=16.1±1.4, NiO=0.01±0.01, Na2O=0.35±0.02, K2O=0.04±0.01 (all wt%), n=10.

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia)

Specimens: 20.11 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Jean Redelsperger holds the main mass.


Randy Says…

I have not analyzed this one; it may be paired with another, perhaps NWA 10073.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 10461






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: Randy L. Korotev
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

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Last revised: 1-Dec-2015