Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 10823

northwestern Africa




Two slices of Northwest Africa 10823. Click on image for enlagement.
(photo credit: Steve Arnold)



from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 105

Northwest Africa 10823

(Northwestern Africa)
Purchase: 2016
Mass: 202 g

Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Reportedly found in Western Sahara. Purchased by Steve Arnold from a Moroccan meteorite dealer in 2016.

Physical characteristics: Two identical appearing stones, weathered exterior with no fusion crust. Saw cuts reveal a polymict, feldspathic breccia with numerous white feldspar clasts, many in the range 1-5 mm, set in a dark gray matrix. There are also scattered cm-sized feldspathic clasts present. Some dark-colored domains have only sparse, fine grained, feldspathic clasts.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite is a mixture of domains with fine-grained groundmasses of pyroxene+olivine+plagioclase+opaques. Large fragmental plagioclase grains were observed throughout, shock melt veins are also present.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and M.Spilde, UNM) olivine Fa47.7±9.5, Fe/Mn=95±7, n=11; pigeonite Fs41.9±9.8Wo4.9±3.3, Fe/Mn=61±8, n=12; augite Fs24.9±14.2Wo37.5±6.8, Fe/Mn=61±13, n=10; plagioclase An95.8±0.6Ab4.0±0.6Or0.2±0.1, n=7.

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia).

Specimens: 20.02 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Steve Arnold holds the main mass.


Randy Says…

I haven’t analyzed this one yet.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 10823




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

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Last revised: 26-January-2017