Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 6481



Northwest Africa 6481
(photo credit: Stefan Ralew)


Sawn face of NWA 6481
(photo credit: Stefan Ralew)


NWA 6481 in the lab
(photo credit: Randy Korotev)


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 99

Northwest Africa 6481

Find: 2010 August, 2010
Mass: 13.7 g

Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Found on Hamada du Drâa, Morocco, in August 2010 and purchased by Stefan Ralew in November 2010 from a dealer in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

Physical characteristics: A small dark gray stone (13.7 g) lacking fusion crust and containing small white clasts.

Petrography: A fine grained fragmental breccia composed of mineral clasts, sparse lithic clasts (some with ophitic textures) and rare glass fragments. Mineral clasts include anorthitic plagioclase, subcalcic augite, augite, hedenbergite, pigeonite (some exsolved), olivine, ilmenite, kamacite and troilite.

Geochemistry: Pigeonite (Fs25.8-40.0Wo13.7-12.3, FeO/MnO = 54-63), subcalcic augite (Fs23.7Wo29.1, FeO/MnO = 51), augite (Fs16.3Wo43.2, FeO/MnO = 90), olivine (Fa32.6-33.1, FeO/MnO = 88-89), plagioclase (An95.1-96.5Or0.1). Bulk composition (R. Korotev, WUSL): FeO 4.7 wt%, La 3.5 ppm, Sm 1.6 ppm, Yb 1.32 ppm, Th 0.60 ppm.

Classification: Achondrite (lunar, feldspathic breccia).

Specimens: A total of 2.8 g is on deposit at UWS. The main mass is held by Ralew.


Randy Says…

Northwest Africa 6481 is compositionally similar to NWA 6721 but different in detail.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 6481



Korotev R. L., Irving A. J., and Bunch T. E. (2012) Keeping Up With the Lunar Meteorites — 2012 (abstract). In Lunar and Planetary Science XLIII, abstract no. 1152, 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.



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: Randy L. Korotev
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

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