Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 10643

northwestern Africa



Two views of Northwest Africa 10643
(photo credit: Jean Redelsperger)


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 105

Northwest Africa 10643

(Northwest Africa)
Purchased: 2016
Mass: 43.56 g

Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Purchased from Jaouad Chaoui in Marrakesh, Morocco, December 2015; reportedly found in Mauritania.

Physical characteristics: Single stone, weathered exterior without fusion crust; broken surface reveals numerous white feldspathic clasts set in a dark-gray groundmass.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This is a highly feldspathic breccia with primarily magnesian olivine (Fa20) and pyroxene fragments scattered throughout. Minor amounts of more iron-rich olivine (Fa41) and pigeonite (Fs66Wo23) were detected. Vesicular shock melt veins and pockets are also present.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and S. Spilde, UNM) Olivine Fa20.0±2.0, Fe/Mn=84±6, n=12; pigeonite Fs33.5±8.9Wo9.4±8.6, Fe/Mn=63±11, n=10; augite Fs22.9±2.3Wo40.1±0.8, Fe/Mn=58±5, n=2; plagioclase An97.0±0.5, n=5; Shock melt (20 μm defocused electron beam, proxy for bulk meteorite composition): SiO2=44.5±0.7, TiO2=0.15±0.07, Al2O3=30.7±2.7, Cr2O3=0.06±0.04, MgO=5.2±1.9, FeO=2.9±1.1, MnO=0.04±0.00, CaO=17.0±1.0, NiO=0.01±0.01, Na2O=0.37±0.02, K2O=0.03±0.01 (all wt%), n=3.

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia).

Specimens: 8.8 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM; Jean Redelsperger holds the main mass.


Randy Says…

This one may be paired with another. I don’t have a sample yet.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 10643






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

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Last revised: 18-May-2016