Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 8701 & unnamed 64
(paired stones)



Sawn face of Northwest Africa 8701
(photo credit: Stefan Ralew)


Lab samples of NWA 8701
(photo credit: Randy Korotev)


Lab samples of unnamed 64
(photo credit: Randy Korotev)



from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 103

Northwest Africa 8701

Purchased: 2014 September
Mass: 72 g

Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Purchased by Stefan Ralew in September 2014 in Erfoud, Morocco.

Physical characteristics: Single stone (72 g) lacking fusion crust and composed of angular, mostly whitish clasts in a very dark gray matrix with some crosscutting veins of vesicular glass.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Fragmental olivine-poor breccia composed of mineral clasts in a finer matrix. Minerals include anorthite, pigeonite, orthopyroxene, augite, ilmenite and merrillite, along with rare olivine, Cr-armalcolite and kamacite.

Geochemistry: Orthopyroxene (Fs27.0Wo2.6; FeO/MnO = 70, N = 1), ferroan pigeonite (Fs53.0Wo16.8, FeO/MnO = 65, N = 1), pigeonite (core Fs26.5Wo19.8; FeO/MnO = 54; rim Fs71.6Wo25.2; FeO/MnO = 85), augite (Fs23.4Wo41.0, FeO/MnO = 58, N = 1), olivine (Fa30.4, FeO/MnO = 92; Fa11.3, FeO/MnO = 117, N = 2), plagioclase (An96.1-96.5Or0.1-0.5, N = 2). Bulk composition (R. Korotev, WUSL) INAA of subsamples gave the following mean abundances (in wt.%) FeO 5.2, Na2O 0.44; (in ppm) Sc 11.8, La 6.0, Sm 2.5, Eu 0.85, Yb 2.3, Lu 0.32, Th 1.7.

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic fragmental breccia). This specimen contains much less olivine than most lunar feldspathic breccias, but some of the olivine that is present is very magnesian.

Specimens: 14.4 g including one polished endcut at UWB; main mass with Ralew.


Randy Says…

Northwest Africa 8701 is a moderately mafic feldspathic lunar meteorite.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 8701


Korotev R. L. and Irving A. J. (2015) Keeping up with the lunar meteorites - 2015. 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstract no. 1942.



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

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Last revised:
30 May 2019