09185 - Lunar Meteorite "NWA 12870" 0.78 g (Feldspathic Breccia) Thin Section
09185 - Lunar Meteorite "NWA 12870" 0.78 g (Feldspathic Breccia) Thin Section 09185 - Lunar Meteorite "NWA 12870" 0.78 g (Feldspathic Breccia) Thin Section 09185 - Lunar Meteorite "NWA 12870" 0.78 g (Feldspathic Breccia) Thin Section 09185 - Lunar Meteorite "NWA 12870" 0.78 g (Feldspathic Breccia) Thin Section 09185 - Lunar Meteorite "NWA 12870" 0.78 g (Feldspathic Breccia) Thin Section

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Lunar Meteorite "NWA 12870 (Feldspathic Breccia)
Fell in Algeria, Africa
Lunar Feldspathic Breccia
15.2 mm   •    in
0.78 g   •    oz
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Beautiful and authentic example of 0.78 g of this type of LUNAR Feldspathic Breccia METEORITE named as NWA 12870. Beautiful thin and polished section.


Only 30.1g the main mass.

The authenticity of this specimen is guaranteed by the geologist Juan Avilés Poblador, member of International Meteorite Collectors Association (IMCA 5681).

Northwest Africa 12870
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 12870
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 12870
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2017
Country: Algeria
Mass:help 30.1 g
Recommended:   Lunar (feldsp. breccia)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 182 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (feldsp. breccia).   [show all]
Search for other: Lunar meteorites
Comments: Approved 21 Sep 2019
Writeup from MB 108:

Northwest Africa 12870 (NWA 12870)


Purchased: 2017

Classification: Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia)

History: Purchased in 2017 by Daoud Wabich from a seller in Laayoune, Morocco.

Physical characteristics: Single stone lacking fusion crust; composed of white and gray angular clasts set in a dark-gray matrix.

Petrography: (D. Sheikh, FSU) Sample is a feldspathic fragmental breccia composed of olivine, anorthite, augite (some exsolved), pigeonite, orthopyroxene, ilmenite, and Ti-Al-chromite grains (10-80 µm) set in a fine-grained feldspathic matrix. One high-fayalite olivine grain was also observed.

Geochemistry: (D. Sheikh, FSU) Olivine (Fa30.4±9.6, range Fa17.3-46.7, Fe/Mn=95.6, n=30), Fayalite (Fa91.3, Fe/Mn=93, n=1), Augite (Fs17.5±4.8Wo35.3±4.8, range Fs6.8-21.5Wo26.8-44.2, Fe/Mn=50.8, n=15), Pigeonite (Fs33.3±10.7Wo8.0±2.4, range Fs16.9-54.4Wo5.2-15.0, Fe/Mn=58.7, n=20), Orthopyroxene (Fs25.5±8.0Wo3.5±0.7, range Fs16.4-42.1Wo2.6-4.8, Fe/Mn=55.5, n=14), Anorthite (An96.1±0.8, range An93.7-97.9, n=35).

Classification: Lunar (feldspathic fragmental breccia).

Specimens: 6.06 grams at UCLA; main mass with Daoud Wabich.

Data from:
  Table 0
  Line 0:
Place of purchase: Laayoune
Date: P 2017
Mass (g): 30.07
Pieces: 1
Class: Lunar (feldsp. breccia)
Shock stage: low
Weathering grade: low
Fayalite (mol%): 30.4±9.6, 91.3
Ferrosilite (mol%): 17.5±4.8, 33.3±10.7, 25.5±8.0
Wollastonite (mol%): 35.3±4.8, 8.0±2.4, 3.5±0.7
Classifier: D. Sheikh, FSU
Type spec mass (g): 6.06g
Type spec location: UCLA
Main mass: Daoud Wabich
Comments: Submitted by Daniel Sheikh
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UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
FSU: Department of Geological Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL 32306-4100, United States (institutional address; updated 16 Dec 2010)
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