Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 10783

northwestern Africa



A slice of NWA 10783. Click on image for enlargement. Thanks to Luc Labenne for the sample.

(photo credit: Luc Labenne)



from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 105


Northwest Africa 10783


(Northwestern Africa)

Purchased: 2015 May 01

Mass: 22.0 g


Lunar Meteorite (anorth)


History: Found in the Almahbas region near the frontier between Morocco and Algeria.


Physical characteristics: The stone is a breccia with no visible fusion crust. The type specimen is mostly light colored with metal specks, and there is a dark zone at one end.


Petrography: (R. Hewins, S. Pont, B. Zanda, MNHNP) Most of the prepared section is a poikilitic anorthosite resembling Apollo 77017. It consists of plagioclase phenocrysts up to 2 mm in length set in pyroxene poikilitic to stubby tiny plagioclase laths (down to 20 μm) and to olivine granules (~50 μm). Both pigeonite and augite are present, but with no obvious exsolution. Minor minerals include chromite, ilmenite, baddeleyite, taenite and kamacite. There is a dark sliver of breccia matrix at the end of the section containing a huge variety of clast types, 1 mm or smaller. These include crystal clasts (olivine, pigeonite, augite, anorthite, chromite and a silica polymorph), breccia clasts, and lithic clasts often with elongated plagioclase laths.


Geochemistry: Mineral compositions and Geochemistry: (R. Hewins and S. Pont, MNHNP) The olivine composition is Fa34.1±1.5, with FeO/MnO 119±14. Pyroxenes are pigeonite Fs25.4Wo11.1 and augite En49.6Fs19.2Wo31.2. Plagioclase is An94.0±0.6Ab5.5±0.6Or0.5±0.2. Taenite contains ~37% Ni. Mineral compositions are similar to those of Apollo 77017, but olivine is a little less ferroan.


Classification: (R. Hewins MNHN, L. Labenne Paris) Lunar poikilitic anorthositic breccia.


Specimens: The type specimen consists of 3.78 g and 0.63 g at MNHNP. The remaining 17.6 g minus sawdust has been sold in the form of thin slices by Labenne.


Randy Says…

This is one is unique.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 10783 






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

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Last revised:
11 June 2019