Lunar Meteorite


 northwestern Africa


One of the Tichiya stones
(photo credit: ©2017 Barbra Barrett/MMGM)




Two views of lab sample of Tichiya 001
(photo credit: Randy Korotev)


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 106




(Northwestern Africa)

Purchased: 2016 September

Mass: 9354 g


Lunar Meteorite (feldspathic breccia)


History: Two similar stones were found about 90 m apart at a location called Tayertand subsequently purchased by DPitt in September 2016 from a dealer in Ouarzazate, Morocco.


Physical characteristics: Two identical dark stones (total weight 9354 g) lacking fusion crust, but with a shiny exterior patina. The fresh interior is very dark and mostly fine grained, but some larger, diffuse beige-colored clasts are visible.


Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Breccia composed predominantly of mineral clasts of anorthite, olivine, exsolved pigeonite, ilmenite, chromite, Cr-ulvöspinel, silica polymorph, troilite, baddeleyite and kamacite, plus some basalt clasts and glass fragments, in a finer grained matrix.


Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa4.6-56.0, FeO/MnO = 81-93, N = 4), orthopyroxene (Fs39.2Wo1.9, FeO/MnO = 59), pigeonite (Fs23.0Wo9.2, FeO/MnO = 43; Fs41.1Wo15.2, FeO/MnO = 55), subcalcic augite (Fs23.2-32.9Wo33.2-33.9, FeO/MnO = 43-47, N = 2), plagioclase (An94.8-95.9Or0.4-0.6; An58.4Or2.0; N = 3).


Classification: Lunar (feldspathic breccia).


Specimens: 20.4 g including one polished thin section at UWB; remainder with DPitt.


Randy Says…

Rare earth element (REE) concentrations in 7 subsamples of Tichiya. This is 1 of only 3 lunar meteorites that I know to have a negative cerium (Ce) anomaly (see also NWA 11223 and NWA 11182). It appears that the light, trivalent elements (La, Sm) are enriched as a result of terrestrial contamination. Curiously, the meteorite does not appear to be weathered more than most NWA lunar meteorites. Pr and Nd values calculated by interpolation between La and Sm. Dy, Ho, Er, and Tm values interpolated between Tb and Yb. The Gd value is the mean of the La-Sm extrapolation, the Sm-Tb interpolation, and the Yb-Tb extrapolation


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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: 13 February 2018