NWA 7831

Saguia el Hamra, Western Sahara
Find, March 2013
Achondrite, Diogenite
Many pieces, total weight around 1,6kg,
Biggest piece weight 1250g

History:
Found buried in the ground near Chouichiyat on March 3, 2013, and excavated by a team of local people.

Physical characteristics:
A single large mass (at least 20 kg) composed of yellow-green crystalline material with pale orange weathering products along numerous fractures. Much of the material disintegrated into fragments upon excavation.

Petrography:
(A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) The specimen is composed almost entirely of translucent, yellow-green orthopyroxene with very sparse, tiny included grains of Ni-free metal, troilite, chromite, anorthite, silica polymorph and clinopyroxene. Secondary pale orange, clay-like deposits from terrestrial weathering are present along thin fractures.

Geochemistry:
Orthopyroxene (Fs28.1-28.3Wo3.0-3.3; FeO/MnO = 29-31), clinopyroxene (Fs10.9Wo43.1, FeO/MnO = 26). Oxygen isotopes (K. Ziegler, UNM): analyses of acid-washed orthopyroxene by laser fluorination gave, respectively, δ17O = 1.677, 1.793, 1.810; δ18O = 3.680, 3.879, 3.875; Δ17O = -0.266, -0.255, -0.236 per mil.

Specimens:
44.5 g of material is on deposit at UWB. The remainder is held by several anonymous collectors.

References:
Meteoritical Bulletin Database

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