Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 12393

northwestern Africa


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 108


Northwest Africa 12393


northwestern Africa

Purchased: 2016

Mass: 1267.1 g


Lunar Meteorite (olivine gabbronorite breccia)


History: Purchased from Ahmad Buraga in Morocco, February 22, 2016.


Physical characteristics: Single stone, lacking fusion crust. Saw cut reveals a breccia of dark-brown and dark-green clasts with a few, scattered, light-colored, feldspathic fragments.


Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite is a chemically equilibrated, fragmental breccia with olivine, augite, low-Ca pyroxene, anorthitic plagioclase, and ubiquitous minor chromite. Following lunar petrologic nomenclature this is an olivine gabbronorite.


Geochemistry: (C. Agee, UNM) Olivine Fa 27.2±2.9, n=12; augite Fs14.0±1.4Wo39.8±1.8, Fe/Mn=50±7, n=4; low-Ca pyroxene Fs22.5±1.9Wo5.9±2.1, Fe/Mn=52±3, n=8; plagioclase An96.3±0.9Ab3.5±0.9Or0.2±0.0, n=7.


Classification: Lunar (olivine gabbronorite)


Specimens: 20.4 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 12393




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Washington University in St. Louis

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Last revised: 11 February 2019