NWA 5206 (LL3.05)


sc 12.42 g

NWA 5206 (LL3.05)NWA 5206 (LL3.05)
photos: Marcin Cimała


Name: NWA 5206
Location: Morocco/Algeria 
TKW: 1276g (1 pic)
Find: 10.2007
Classification: stone, LL3.05, ordinary chondrite; S2, W3

PolandMet.com: NWA 5206
NWA 5206 main mass


History and physical characteristics: A 1276g desert-weathered, brownish stone was purchased in Erfoud, Morocco in October 2007.
Petrography (J. Wittke and T. Bunch, NAU): Contains a magnificent collection of closely packed, pristine chondrules. All varieties of chondrules are represented with Type I (FeO-poor) dominant over Type II (FeO-rich) by a ratio of 3:1. The abundance of chondrule textural types are PP > PO > POP > GOP > RP > C > R > BO with several heavily mantled and unique types. SEM imagery and x-ray mapping show no evidence of devitrification in chondrule mesostasis, mostly homogeneous mesostasis, and alkali-poor mesostasis compositions. Weathering grade is W3 with minor iron staining in thin section.
Mineral compositions: Cr2O3 content in olivine is consistent wit a classification of < subtype 3.1. Until high quality analyses are performed on chondrule mesostasis for K and Na contents and distributions, a 3.0 subtype is not warranted at this time.
The only types LL3.05 classified up to date: QUE 97008, MET 00526, EET 90161


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