The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 106
Purchased: 2016 November
Mass: 1815 g
Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)
Purportedly found near the Algeria/Mali border in October 2016, and
purchased by Darryl Pitt in November 2016 from a dealer in Mauritania.
Physical characteristics: A
single stone (1040 g) lacking fusion crust. The fresh interior exhibits
rounded, whitish anorthositic clasts (up to 1.8 cm across) and crystalline
debris set in a medium-gray matrix containing obvious small vesicles.
(A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS)
Breccia composed of angular mineral clasts of anorthite, exsolved
pigeonite, olivine, orthopyroxene, pigeonite, ilmenite, Ti-chromite,
Ti-free chromite, troilite and rare zircon, plus some lithic anorthosite
clasts, in a finer grained, partly vesicular matrix of the same minerals.
Olivine (Fa19.4-52.9, FeO/MnO = 68-91, N = 5), orthopyroxene (Fs23.6Wo3.5,
FeO/MnO = 53), pigeonite (Fs36.7Wo15.4, FeO/MnO =
53), low-Ca pyroxene host in exsolved pigeonite (Fs44.5Wo7.1,
FeO/MnO = 53), high-Ca pyroxene host in exsolved pigeonite (Fs24.6Wo36.4,
FeO/MnO = 52), plagioclase (An97.1-97.6Or0.1, N = 2).
Bulk composition (R. Korotev, WUSL) INAA of subsamples gave the following mean
abundances (in wt.%) FeO 3.4, Na2O 0.32; (in ppm) Sc 6.6, Ni
100, La 1.8, Sm 0.79, Eu 0.78, Yb 0.64, Lu 0.09, Hf 0.58, Th 0.30. Magnetic
susceptibility log χ (× 10-9 m3/kg) = 2.61.
Olivine (Fa35.1; Fa87.0-89.9; FeO/MnO = 91-93, N =
3), pigeonite (Fs41.0Wo7.3; Fs58.3Wo21.3;
Fs21.8Wo24.8; FeO/MnO =57-67, N = 3), augite (Fs14.5Wo40.2,
FeO/MnO = 45).
Lunar (feldspathic regolith breccia).
Specimens: 20.7 g
including a polished endcut at UWB; remainder