Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 12270

northwestern Africa


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 107


Northwest Africa 12270



Purchased: 2018

Mass: 1300 g


Lunar Meteorite (feldspathic breccia)


History: Purchased by Terry Boudreaux from a meteorite dealer in Mauritania.


Physical characteristics: Six identically appearing pieces, no fusion crust, saw cut reveals a fragmental breccia with numerous white feldspathic clasts set in a dark gray ground mass.


Petrography: C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite consists of primarily of fragmental pyroxene, olivine, feldspathic clasts and shock melt. Ubiquitous Ti-rich chromite and ilmenite present, rare Fe-Ni metal detected.


Geochemistry: (C. Agee, UNM) olivine Fa42.7±7.3, Fe/Mn=94±9, n=14; pigeonite Fs37.0±8.0Wo17.9±6.9­, Fe/Mn=56±5, n=13; plagioclase An­96.6±0.4, n=6; Shock melt (20 μm defocused electron beam, proxy for bulk meteorite composition): SiO2=44.8±1.3, TiO2=0.31±0.08, Al2O3=26.0±3.9, Cr2O3=0.15±0.09, MgO=5.0±2.2, FeO=5.9±1.7, MnO=0.08±0.03, CaO=16.1±1.8, NiO=0.02±0.01, Na2O=0.44±0.07, K2O=0.08±0.01 (all wt%), n=7.


Classification: Lunar feldspathic breccia


Specimens: 29.2 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Terry Boudreaux holds the main mass.


Randy Says…

I have not studied this one.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 12270




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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