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NWA 5960 martian meteorite

Writeup from MB 97: Direct Link: Northwest Africa 5960 Mali Find (August 2009) Achondrite (Martian, olivine-phyric shergottite) History: A pale colored stone found near Guirat Laghnam in northern Mali in August 2009 was purchased by Ali and Mohammed Hmani. Physical characteristics: A very fine grained, partly fusion-crusted stone (147 g) displaying fluted abrasion features on several sides. The fresh interior is pale gray with evenly-distributed, larger, pale tan grains. Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS): Porphyritic texture, with small (0.15 to 0.35 mm) olivine phenocrysts in a finer grained groundmass composed mainly of prismatic pigeonite and maskelynite with accessory olivine, chromite, titanomagnetite, ilmenite, merrillite and pyrrhotite. Geochemistry: Olivine (core Fa25.4, rim Fa39.2; FeO/MnO = 47.0-52.1), pigeonite (Fs31.2-38.7Wo5.1-12.5, FeO/MnO = 26.2-31.3), plagioclase (An55.9-56.6Or2.1-1.8). Classification: Achondrite (Martian, olivine-phyric shergottite). This specimen has essentially the same external appearance, grainsize, texture and mineral compositions as NWA 2990, and may be paired with it. Specimens: A total of 20.0 g of type material and one polished thin section are on deposit at UWS. The remaining material is held by an anonymous collector.

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