NWA 5679, Gorgeous L3, Chondrules, Huge CAI, 16.5g

$159.00

Description

NWA 5679 was recovered out of the Saharan Desert of Morocco in 2008. It consisted of a single hand-sized stone broken into three pieces. It was analyzed by Dr. Greshake in Germany and classified as an L3 unequilibrated chondrite. It is mildly shocked at S3 and only lightly weathered at W1. 

This meteorite has a fresh grey matrix that is brecciated with zones of a darker colored lithology with smaller and more profuse chondrules set into a light-grey groundmass that has larger chondrules with metal flecks and troilite inclusions. Most interestingly, there is a large CAI (Calcium Aluminum Inclusion) that measures approx. 6mm across. It is a pity that this meteorite is not more widely distributed and studied, but this is not surprising given the relatively small TKW (total know weight). This meteorite appeared briefly on the market and is rarely seen since then.

The specimen being offered here was professionally prepared and has a high mirror polish on one side and the other side is unpolished. It has a rim of fusion crust around the edges and weighs approx. 16.5 grams.

Refer to the photos. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing the specimen shown. Your purchase will include an ID label.