Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 11898



from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 107


Northwest Africa 11898



Purchased: 2018

Mass: 767.8 g


Lunar Meteorite (feldspathic breccia)


History: Purchased in March 2018 by Dustin Dickens from a meteorite dealer in Mali.


Physical characteristics: Several identical appearing dark stones covered partially with a milky-green fusion crust. Broken surface reveals a fragmental breccia with numerous white feldspathic clasts set in a dark colored ground mass.


Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite is a breccia of primarily feldspathic clasts, with lesser amounts of olivine and pyroxene fragments. The shock melt composition has a very high alumina content, vesicles occur throughout.


Geochemistry: (C. Agee, UNM) olivine Fa25.0±6.4, Fe/Mn=90±5, n=8; pigeonite Fs31.0±3.6Wo8.1±3.6, Fe/Mn=58±4, n=6; high-Ca pyroxene Fs22.3±3.7Wo35.0±4.7, Fe/Mn=52±5, n=4; plagioclase An96.3±0.7Ab3.5±0.7Or0.2±0.0, n=6; Shock melt (20 μm defocused electron beam, proxy for bulk meteorite composition): SiO2=43.1±0.6, TiO2=0.12±0.03, Al2O3=31.3±1.2, Cr2O3=0.03±0.01, MgO=2.0±0.5, FeO=2.5±0.5, MnO=0.03±0.01, CaO=18.0±0.4, Na2O=0.36±0.01, K2O=0.04±0.00 (all wt%), n=4.


Classification: Lunar feldspathic breccia


Specimens: 21.6 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Dustin Dickens holds the main mass.


Randy Says…

I have not studied this one.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 11898




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

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Last revised: 4 September 2018