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Northwest Africa 1401: A Polymict Cumulate Eucrite with a Unique Ferroan Heteradcumulate Mafic ClastThe howardite, eucrite and diogenite (HED) clan is the largest suite of achondrites available for study. The suite gives us a unique view of the magmatism that affected some asteroids early in solar system history. One problem with mining the HED clan for petrogenetic information is that there is only limited petrologic diversity among the rock types. Thus, discovering unusual HED materials holds the potential for revealing new insights into the petrologic evolution of the HED parent asteroid. Here we report on petrologic study of an unusual, 27 gram polymict eucrite, Northwest Africa (NWA) 1401. The thin section studied (approx. 20 x 10 mm) contains one large, ferroan clast described separately. The remainder of the rock, including mineral fragments and other, smaller lithic clasts, forms the host breccia.
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Conference Paper
Mittlefehldt, David W.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Killgore, Marvin
(Southwest Meteorite Lab. Payson, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIV
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
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