Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 12248

northwestern Africa


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 107


Northwest Africa 12248



Purchased: 2018

Mass: 37.3 g


Lunar Meteorite (feldspathic breccia)


History: Found in Mauritania and purchased by Darryl Pitt in May 2018 from a Mauritanian dealer.


Physical characteristics: A small (37.3 g) dark stone lacking fusion crust but coated by a shiny desert patina. The fresh interior contains small white and beige clasts set in a dark-gray matrix.


Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Breccia composed of mineral clasts of anorthite, olivine, low-Ca pyroxenes, augite, ilmenite and troilite in a fine grained matrix containing Ni-poor metal and minor barite.


Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa44.5, FeO/MnO = 105; Fa13.1, FeO/MnO = 54; N = 2), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs38.2Wo4.5, FeO/MnO = 59), pigeonite (Fs32.0-32.5Wo14.6-9.7, FeO/MnO = 55-62, N = 2), augite (Fs22.4Wo43.1, FeO/MnO = 51), anorthite (An94.3-95.9Or0.2, N = 2).


Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia).


Specimens: 9.5 g including one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with DPitt.


Randy Says…

I have not studied this one.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 12248




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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: 17 December 2018