NWA 15364 (Mars, nakhlite)

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Northwest Africa 15364 (NWA 15364)


Purchased: 2022 Feb

Classification: Martian meteorite (Nakhlite)

History: Purportedly found in Algeria and purchased by Mohammed Hmani in February 2022 from a Mauritanian dealer.

Petrography: (A. Irving, UWS and P. Carpenter, WUSL) Igneous aggregate of compositionally-zoned, subhedral prismatic augite grains and anhedral olivine grains (exhibiting limited core to rim zoning) together with subordinate intermediate plagioclase and titanomagnetite (with ilmenite exsolution lamellae) plus accessory pyrrhotite and F-Cl-bearing apatite. Outer margins of augite grains contain orthopyroxene and pigeonite, and some augite occurs as stubby inclusions within olivine. Intercumulus regions contain fine grained, apparently hydrous “chlorophaeite” (red-brown in thin section), and similar material is present as thin veinlets within olivine grains.

Geochemistry: Zoned augite (Fs22.6-38.7Wo40.4-34.5, FeO/MnO = 33-38, N = 9), zoned olivine (Fa70.4-74.0, FeO/MnO = 48-52, N = 11), augite inclusions in olivine (Fs24.9-25.9Wo40.4-40.2, FeO/MnO = 33-35, N = 2), orthopyroxene (Fs45.9-66.3Wo0.7-4.8, FeO/MnO = 24-36, N = 9), pigeonite (Fs54.0-55.7Wo14.1-12.3, FeO/MnO = 33-35, N = 3), plagioclase (An35.6-37.7Or3.3-2.9, N = 4).

Classification: Martian (nakhlite).

Specimens: 21.8 g including one polished thin section at UWB

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0.20g, 0.28g, 0.33g, 0.39g, 0.402g, 0.54g