NWA 7469, Unequilibrated L3.1 Chondrite, Micromount


NWA 7469 was first recovered out of Morocco in February 2012. It was a moderately weathered and shocked meteorite that consisted of a single stone weighing just under one pound before cutting. Upon analysis, it was revealed to be a rare L3.1 subtype - this is a very primitive meteorite that is loaded with chondrules. After cutting, this meteorite was swiftly absorbed into institutional and private collections. As a result, there is not much of this meteorite on the market for micromount collectors.

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

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on NWA 7469 :

Northwest Africa 7469 (NWA 7469)

(Northwest Africa)

Purchased: 2012 Jun

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L3)

History: Purchased by Gary Fujihara in February 2012 from a Moroccan dealer at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

Petrography: Closely packed, well-formed, medium-sized chondrules. Olivine, orthopyroxene, sodic plagioclase, chromite, altered kamacite, troilite and taenite. One unusual grain of Al-Ti-bearing hedenbergite was found.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L3.1). Estimated subtype based on wide Cr2O3 range in ferroan olivine (Grossman and Brearley 2005, Fig. 15).