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Named in 1872 by Gustav Tschermak in honor of Mervyn Herbert Nevil Story-Maskelyne [September 3, 1823 Wroughton, Wiltshire, England, UK - May 20, 1911 Bass Down, Wiltshire, England, UK], Keeper of Mineralogy at the British Museum (1857-1880) and Professor of Mineralogy at Oxford University (1856-1895). Story-Maskelyne was a systematic mineralogist, crystallographer, gemologist, and meteoriticist. Additionally, Story-Maskelyne was an early associate of Henry Fox Talbot who developed the photo negative method of photography at about the same time that Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre invented the photo positive method (daguerreotype). Story-Maskelyne was elected to the British Parliament and held other offices.

A type of naturally occurring glass having the composition of a plagioclase series feldspar, created by the vitrification of plagioclase by shock melting in meteorites and meteorite impacts.

Originally described from the Shergotty Martian meteorite, Gaya District, Bihar, India.

Classification of Maskelynite

IMA status:Not Approved
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Simplified Chinese:斜长玻璃

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  • Localities for Maskelynite

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Suporn Boonsuea & John Spraya (2012) Shock-Induced Phase Transformations in Melt Pockets within Martian Meteorite NWA 4468. Spectroscopy Letters: An International Journal for Rapid Communication 45:127-134.
    Shohei Kaneko, Eiji Ohtani, Masaaki Miyahara, Takeshi Sakai, Masahiro Kayama, Hirotsugu Nishido, Yasuo Oishi, Naohisa Hirao (2011) Dynamic event recorded in a lunar meteorite NWA 4734. Japan Geooscience Union Meeting Makuhari, Chiba Japan.
    • Sahara Desert
      • Lakhbi
    • Eastern Antarctica
      • American Highland
        • Grove Mts
    YT Lin, Lu Feng, Sen Hu (2011) High Pressure Mineral Assemblages in the Lherzolitic Shergottite Grove Mountains (GRV) 020090. Japan Geooscience Union Meeting Makuhari, Chiba Japan.
    Lu Feng, Masaaki Miyahara, Toshiro Nagase, Eiji Ohtani, Sen Hu, Ahmed El Goresy, Yangting Lin (2011) Shock Conditions and Formation Mechanism of Akimotoite-Pyroxene Glass Assemblages in the Grove Mountains (GRV) 052082. Japan Geooscience Union Meeting Makuhari, Chiba Japan.
    Meyer, C. (2001) Mars Meteorite Compendium: XXIV-1-2.
      • Queen Maud Land (Dronning Maud Land)
        • Roberts Massif
    Takafumi Niihara, Hiroshi Kaiden, Keiji Misawa (2011) Petrology and Mineralogy of the RBT 04261 Shergottite. Japan Geooscience Union Meeting Makuhari, Chiba Japan.
    • Buenos Aires
      • Azul
    Bogard, D. D., Keil, G. J. T. K., Smith, M. R., Schmitt, R. A. & Danon, J. (1981) Impact Melting and Brecciation of the Cachari Eucrite 3.0 Gy Ago (abstract): Meteoritics 16(4): p.296. (Dec 1981)
    • Western Australia
      • Dundas Shire
        • Cocklebiddy Roadhouse
    New Stony Meteorite Finds Including Two Ureilites from The Nullabor Plain, Western Australia; G McCall and W Cleverly; Mineralogical Magazine, Mar 1968, pp691-716.
    New Stony Meteorite Finds Including Two Ureilites From the Nullabor Plain, Western Australia; G McCall and W Cleverly; Mineralogical Magazine, Mar 1968, pp691-716
    New Stony Meteorite Finds Including Two New Ureilites from The Nullabor Plain, Western Australia; G McCall and W Cleverly; Mineralogical Magazine, Mar 1968, pp691-716
        • North Haig
          • Sleeper Camp
    New Stony Meteorite Finds Including Two Ureilites From The Nullabor Plain, Western Australia; G. McCall and W Cleverly; Mineralogical Magazine, Mar 1968, pp691-716.
    • Bahia
      • Rio do Pires
    Zucolotto, M. E., & Antonello, L. L. (2001). Mineralogy and petrography of the L6 Chondrite Rio do Pires, Brazil. Meteoritics and Planetary Science Supplement, 36, 234.
    • Hubei Province
      • Suizhou Prefecture
        • Zengdu District (Cengdou District)
          • Xihe
    [AmMin 85:1564]
    • Champagne-Ardenne
      • Haute-Marne
        • Chassigny
    McCubbin, F. M., & Nekvasil, H. (2008). Maskelynite-hosted apatite in the Chassigny meteorite: Insights into late-stage magmatic volatile evolution in martian magmas. American Mineralogist, 93(4), 676-684.
    • North Rhine-Westphalia
      • Münsterland
        • Velen
    • Bihar
      • Gaya District
    [Hey p438]; Malavergne, V., Guyot, F., Benzerara, K., & Martinez, I. (2001). Description of new shock‐induced phases in the Shergotty, Zagami, Nakhla and Chassigny meteorites. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 36(10), 1297-1305.; Treiman, A. H. (1985). Amphibole and hercynite spinel in Shergotty and Zagami: Magmatic water, depth of crystallization, and metasomatism. Meteoritics, 20(2), 229-243.; Lundberg, L. L., Crozaz, G., McKay, G., & Zinner, E. (1988). Rare earth element carriers in the Shergotty meteorite and implications for its chronology. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 52(8), 2147-2163.
    • Al Jabal al Gharbi District
    Wlotzka, F. (1991). The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 71*. Meteoritics, 26(3), 255-262.
    • Al Jufrah District
      • Dar al Gani
    Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol. 67, No. 18, pp. 3519–3536, 2003
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    • Anyksciu
      • Androniski
    Mason, B. (1967) The Bununu meteorite, and a discussion of the pyroxene-plagioclase achondrites: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 31: 107-115. ; Bukovanská, M., Ireland, T. R. & El Goresy, A. (1991) Zircons in Padvarninkai Brecciated Eucrite: Abstracts for the 54th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society. LPI Contribution 766: p.39.; Yamaguchi, A., Mori, H. & Takeda, H. (1993) Mineralogy and Shock Textures in the Padvarninkai Eucrite (abstract): Meteoritics 28 (3): 462-463. (July 1993)
    • Guelmim-Es Semara Region
      • Tata Province
    Irving, A.J. et. al, 2012 The Tissint DepeltedPermafic Olivine-Phyric Shergottite: Petrologic, Elemental, and Isotopic Characterization of a Recent Martian Fall in Morocco. 43rd LPSC #2510
    Meteoritical Bulletin 86: July, 2002; Barrat, J. A., Jambon, A., Bohn, M., Gillet, P., Sautter, V., Göpel, C., ... & Keller, F. (2002). Petrology and chemistry of the picritic shergottite North West Africa 1068 (NWA 1068). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 66(19), 3505-3518.; Herd, C. D. (2006). Insights into the redox history of the NWA 1068/1110 martian basalt from mineral equilibria and vanadium oxybarometry. American Mineralogist, 91(10), 1616-1627.
    Nyquist, L. E., Bogard, D. D., Shih, C. Y., Park, J., Reese, Y. D., & Irving, A. J. (2009). Concordant Rb–Sr, Sm–Nd, and Ar–Ar ages for Northwest Africa 1460: A 346Ma old basaltic shergottite related to “lherzolitic” shergottites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73(14), 4288-4309.
    T. Bunch and J. Wittke, NAU
    New Zealand
    • North Island
      • Wairarapa
    Mineralogical Magazine 1962 33 : 73-85.
    • Bauchi State
    Jerome, D. Y. & Desnoyers, C. (1974). Electron microprobe study of glasses in the Bununu and Malvern achondritic meteorites. Meteoritics 9(4): p.354. (Dec 1974) ; Noonan, A. F., Rajan, S., Fredriksson, K. & Nelen, J. (1980) Chondrules in the Kapoeta and Bununu Howardites: Meteoritics 15 (4): 343-344. (Dec 1980)
    • Katsina State
    T.J. McCoy, M. Wadhwa, K. Keil, New lithologies in the Zagami meteorite: evidence for fractional crystallization of a single magma unit on Mars, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Volume 63, Issues 7–8, April 1999, Pages 1249-1262,
    • Dhofar Province (Al Janubiyah Province)
    Taylor, L. A., Nazarov, M. A., Ivanova, M. A., Patchen, A., Clayton, R. N., & Mayeda, T. K. (2000). Petrology of the Dhofar 019 shergottite. Meteoritics and Planetary Science Supplement, 35, 155.
    Mahesh Anand, Lawrence A. Taylor, Mikhail A. Nazarov, J. Shu, H.K. Mao, and Russell J. Hemley (2004) Space weathering on airless planetary bodies: Clues from the lunar mineral hapkeite. PNAS 101:6847–6851
    Taylor, L. A., Nazarov, M. A., Demidova, S. I., & Patchen, A. D. (2001). Dhofar 287: A new lunar mare basalt from Oman. Meteoritics and Planetary Science Supplement, 36, 204.
    Yukio, I., Makoto, K., Hiroshi, T., Gen, S., Kita, N., Yuichi, M., ... & Gerlind, D. (2006). Petrology of a new basaltic shergottite: Dhofar 378. Antarctic Meteorite Research, 19, 20-44.
    D.D. Badjukov et al. , Lunar and Planetary Science, XXXVI (2005), 1684.pdf
    • Sayh al Uhaymir
    Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 5, 11492, 2003
    • Mazowieckie
      • Pułtusk
    • Eastern-Siberian Region
      • Krasnoyarsk Territory (Krasnoyarsk Kray; Krasnoyarskii Krai)
        • Anabarskii massif
          • Popigai river
    Lapis 29(9):12 (2004)
    South Africa
    • Free State Province
      • Thaba Nchu
    Labotka, T. C. & Papike, J. J. (1980) Samples of the regolith of the eucrite parent-body: Petrology of Frankfort, Pavlovka, Yurtuk, Malvern, and ALHA 77302. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XI: 1103-1130.
    • Castile-La Mancha
    Llorca, J., Ignasi Casanova, I., Trigo-Rodríguez, J. M., Madiedo, J. M., Roszjar, R., Addi Bischoff, A., Ott, U., Franchi, I. A., Greenwood, R. C, Matthias., M. (2009) The Puerto Lápice eucrite: Meteoritics & Planetary Science 44 (2): 159-174. (Feb 2009)
    The Moon
    J. Frondel (2009), Lunar Mineralogy, Wiley Interscience
    • Sumy Oblast'
    Lindstrom, M. M. & Mittlefehldt, D. W. (1992) A Geochemical Study of Russian Eucrites and Howardites: Meteoritics 27 (3): page 250. (July 1992)
    • Illinois
      • Cook Co.
        • Park Forest
    Meteoritical Bulletin 87:July, 2003
    • New Mexico
      • De Baca Co.
    • Oklahoma
      • Beaver Co.
    Zhidong Xie et al. , Lunar and Planetary Science XXXI, 2065.pdf
      • Grant Co.
    Meteoritical Bulletin, 81: July, 1997
      • Major Co.
    • Texas
      • Randall Co.
    Zhidong Xie et al. , Lunar and Planetary Science XXXI, 2065.pdf
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