Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 10901

northwestern Africa



Two sides of a slice of Northwest Africa 10901. Click on image for enlargement.
(photo credit: Sean Tutorow)


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 105

Northwest Africa 10901

(Northwest Africa)
Purchased: 2015
Mass: 68.04 g

Lunar meteorite

History: Purchased in 2015 by Brahim Tahiri in Morocco and sent to his partner Sean Tutorow for analysis.

Physical characteristics: Single stone, irregular exterior, no fusion crust. A saw cut reveals light-gray feldspathic clasts (up to 2 cm) and some smaller fragmental white plagioclase grains set in a dark-gray groundmass.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This is a polymict feldspathic breccia showing several different textural domains: 1) large (centimeter-sized) poikilitic plagioclase with olivine and pyroxene inclusions, 2) zones of fragmental plagioclase, olivine, and pyroxene, 3) cataclastic zones of fine-grained silicates, 4) vesicular shock melt veins and pockets. Iron metal detected, the largest grain observed was ~150 μm in diameter.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and S. Spilde, UNM) Olivine Fa42.0±13.4, Fe/Mn=98±7, n=6; pigeonite Fs54.7±9.1Wo7.0±2.3, Fe/Mn=63±3, n=5; augite Fs28.7Wo40.3, Fe/Mn=56, n=1; plagioclase An96.6±0.4, n=4; Shock melt (proxy for bulk meteorite composition): SiO2=44.7, TiO2=0.37, Al2O3=24.1, Cr2O3=0.16, MgO=7.2, FeO=7.2, MnO=0.10, CaO=14.7, NiO=b.d.l., Na2O=0.31, K2O=0.02 (all wt%), n=1.

Classification: Lunar meteorite. Intermediate breccia based on FeO and Al2O3 content.

Specimens: 13.76 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Sean Tutorow holds the main mass.


Randy Says…

I have not analyzed this one yet.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 10901






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

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Last revised: 09-February-2017