Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 12839

northwestern Africa


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 108


Northwest Africa 12839


(Northwest Africa)

Purchase: 2019 June

Mass: 68.75 g


Lunar (diabase)


History: Purchased by Ben Hoefnagels in June 2019 from a dealer in Agadir, Morocco.


Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and P. Carpenter, WUSL) Diabasic texture (mean grainsize 0.5 mm). Composed primarily of zoned clinopyroxene and maskelynite with accessory blade-like ilmenite, very sparse zoned olivine (~3 vol.%), Cr-Ti oxides, baddeleyite, probable zirconolite, troilite, merrillite, silica polymorph, fayalite and hedenbergite. Dark shock glass is present in pockets (vesicular) and as cross-cutting veinlets.


Geochemistry: Subcalcic augite (core Fs28.8Wo26.3, FeO/MnO = 50; rim Fs72.4Wo23.6, FeO/MnO = 77), augite (core Fs21.2Wo38.7, FeO/MnO = 47; rim Fs81.5Wo17.7, FeO/MnO =81), pigeonite (core Fs41.8Wo12.9,FeO/MnO = 65; rim Fs69.8Wo22.4, FeO/MnO = 77), olivine cores (Fa37.6-39.5, FeO/MnO = 92-94, N = 3), olivine rims (Fa54.1-68.2, FeO/MnO = 93-110, N = 3), fayalite (Fa99.2, FeO/MnO = 95), maskelynite (An87.5-88.2Or0.3, N = 2).


Classification: Lunar (mare diabase, clinopyroxene-rich, olivine-poor).


Specimens: 14.1 g including one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with Mr. B. Hoefnagels.


Randy Says…

I have not studied this one. I assume that it is unpaired with other basaltic lunar meteorites from the description. We need a whole-rock chemical analysis.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 12839



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