Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 11851




Two views of Northwest Africa 11851. Click on image for enlargement. 
(photo credit: ?)


Lab sample of NWA 11851. Click on image for enlargement. 
(photo credit: Randy Korotev)


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 107


Northwest Africa 11851



Purchased: 2018 March

Mass: 227 g


Lunar Meteorite (feldspathic breccia)


History: Found in the Azawad region of northern Mali and purchased by Habib Naji in March 2018.


Physical characteristics: A fine grained, medium gray stone (227 g) with macroscopically indistinct clasts; partly coated by light brown weathering products.


Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and P. Carpenter, WUSL) Polymict breccia consisting of small mineral clasts (anorthite, olivine, pigeonite, augite, orthopyroxene, ilmenite, Ti-Cr-Mg-Al spinel, troilite, merrillite, kamacite) and small lithic clasts (including gabbroic lithologies and quench-textured melt rocks) in a finer grained matrix.


Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa17.8-23.5, FeO/MnO = 90-127, N = 3), orthopyroxene (Fs16.1Wo3.8, FeO/MnO = 53), pigeonite (Fs25.4-37.2Wo8.1-13.0, FeO/MnO = 54-60, N = 3), augite (Fs44.1Wo35.6, FeO/MnO = 62), plagioclase (An95.5-95.7Or0.5-0.3, N = 2).


Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia).


Specimens: 22 g including one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with Mr. H. Naji.


Randy Says…

This one appears to be unpaired with any other.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 11851 





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Prepared by: Randy L. Korotev

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

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Last revised: 26 July 2018