Lunar Meteorite

Talhat Lihoudi

northwestern Africa


Talhat Lihoudi in the field

Photo credit: Ahmad Bouragaa


Talhat Lihoudi in the lab. Click on image for enlargement.

Photo credit: Scott Kuehner



Lab sample of Talhat Lihoudi

Photo credit: Randy Korotev


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 106


Talhat Lihoudi


Rio de Oro, Western Sahara

Find: 2016 August

Mass: 61.5 g


Lunar Meteorite (feldspathic breccia)


History: Found in Morocco in August 2016 and purchased by Ben Hoefnagels in October 2016 from a dealer in Ouarzazate, Morocco.


Physical characteristics: A single gray stone (61.5 g) exhibiting small whitish clasts in a darker matrix.


Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Breccia composed of angular mineral clasts of anorthite, olivine, orthopyroxene, pigeonitic pyroxene, augite, Al-chromite, ilmenite, Cr-pleonaste and troilite in a fine grained partly vesicular matrix of the same minerals plus minor secondary barite, calcite and gypsum.


Geochemistry: Olivine (Fa10.9-86.7, FeO/MnO = 64-90, N = 4), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs18.9-45.4Wo5.4-2.9, FeO/MnO = 41-56, N = 3), augite (Fs14.0-19.1Wo42.7-41.3, FeO/MnO = 35-46, N = 3), anorthite (An96.5Or0.3), labradorite (An56.4Or3.1). Bulk composition (R. Korotev, WUSL) INAA of subsamples gave the following mean abundances (in wt.%) FeO 5.4, Na2O 0.38; (in ppm) Sc 10.4, Ni 130, La 5.4, Sm 2.44, Eu 0.85, Yb 1.9, Lu 0.27, Hf 2.0, Th 1.1.


Classification: Lunar (feldspathic regolith breccia).


Specimens: 12.87 g including one polished slice at UWB; main polished endcut mass with Mr. B. Hoefnagels.



Randy Says…

This looks like a new one.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

Talhat Lihoudi




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Last revised: 28 January 2018