NWA 10668, Marbled H4 Chondrite, Micromount


NWA 10668 was recovered from the Saharan Desert of Morocco in 2015. It was classified by Dr. Tony Irving at UWS. Lab analysis showed the meteorite to be an H4 chondrite with moderate shock and weathering (S2/W2). The matrix shows two lithologies, one a light cream color and the other a darker brown. The lighter colored portions have more plentiful metal flecks, while the darker lithology is metal-poor. The classifier stated that the two "lithologies" are actually the result of uneven weathering, and that this is not an example of "dual lithology" in the technical sense. Tiny chondrules are scattered throughout the matrix.

There is an interesting story behind this meteorite : this meteorite was found by a nomad in the remote desert. He recognized it as a meteorite and took it into the nearby town of Laayoune. He then traded the stone to a merchant in exchange for lodging and food. That merchant heard that an American meteorite hunter was in town, so he subsequently sold it to the hunter who brought it back to the United States.

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a single small fragment like the one shown. Your purchase will include a labeled gemjar for safe storage.

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on NWA 10668 :

Northwest Africa 10668 (NWA 10668)

Purchased: 2015 Dec

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H4)

History: Purchased by John Shea in December 2015 from John Higgins, who had acquired the stone from a Moroccan dealer in Laayoune in September 2015.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Well-formed, relatively small chondrules (apparent diameter 250 ± 150 µm) occur in a recrystallized matrix containing abundant altered metal.