Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 11783

northwestern Africa


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 107


Northwest Africa 11783


(northwestern Africa)

Purchased: 20 September 2014

Mass: 65 g


Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)


History: Purchased by Jay Piatek from a Moroccan meteorite dealer.


Physical characteristics: Several visually identical appearing pieces. No fusion crust. A saw cut reveals a fragmental breccia with white feldspathic clasts set in a dark gray ground mass.


Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite is a breccia of fragmental pyroxene, olivine, plagioclase grains. There are many domains that are fine-grained and cataclastic with shock melt and vesicles. Fe-metal, chromite, ilmenite, silica, and a phosphate mineral were detected.


Geochemistry: (C. Agee, UNM) olivine Fa: 28.1±4.8, Fe/Mn=100±2, n=4; clinopyroxene Fs19.0±4.4Wo23.1±17.6, Fe/Mn=52±8, n=3; plagioclase An94.6±1.3, n=3; Shock melt (20 μm defocused electron beam, proxy for bulk meteorite composition): SiO2=46.0±0.4, TiO2=0.51±0.02, Al2O3=28.0±0.5, Cr2O3=0.11±0.01, MgO=6.0±0.2, FeO=4.7±0.2, MnO=0.07±0.00, CaO=15.3±0.1, Na2O=0.61±0.03, K2O=0.16±0.01 (all wt%), n=7.


Classification: Lunar feldspathic breccia.


Specimens: 13 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Jay Piatek holds the main mass.


Randy Says…

I have not studied this one.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 11783




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Washington University in St. Louis

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Last revised: 18 December 2018