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Northwest Africa Meteorites

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Locality type:Meteorite Fall Location
Metbull:Search meteorite in Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Single stone, purchased by F. Kuntz in Erfoud, Morocco, January 2013
Very small chondrules set in dark brown matrix.
Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CO3.1) based on mean Cr2O3=0.26±0.14 wt% in ferroan olivines, values plotting closer to Colony (CO3.0) than to Rainbow (CO3.2) as reported by Grossman and Brearley (2005).
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A broad region, mostly desert, of northwestern Africa associated with meteorite finds. Meteorites are frequently found in the desert and sold at markets in Morocco, etc, without it being clear exactly where within the region they came from, so these finds generally should only be allocated to this region rather than a specific country unless the exact fall location is known with some confidence.

Note: some meteorites have been incorrectly entered with the location of purchase rather than the fall location. These should be moved here.


Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities

Addibischoffite (TL)

Ahrensite (TL)

Akimotoite

Alabandite

Albite

var: Andesine

var: Oligoclase

'Albite-Anorthite Series'

'Amphibole Supergroup'

Andradite

Andreyivanovite

Ankerite

Anorthite

'Anorthoclase'

'Apatite'

Augite

var: Fassaite

Awaruite

Baddeleyite

Baryte

'Biotite'

Calcite

Celsian

Chalcopyrite

Chenmingite (TL)

'Chevkinite-(Nd)'

Chlorapatite

Chlormayenite

Chromite

var: Titaniferous Chromite

Clinoenstatite

'Clinopyroxene Subgroup'

'var: Subcalcic augite'

Coesite

Copper

Corundum

Cristobalite

Daubréelite

Diamond

Diopside

Dmisteinbergite

Dmitryivanovite (TL)

Enstatite

Erlichmanite

Fayalite

'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'

'Feldspar Group'

Ferrihydrite

Fluorapatite

Forsterite

Gehlenite

'Glass'

Goethite

Graphite

Grossite (TL)

Grossular

Gypsum

Halite

Haxonite

Hedenbergite

Hercynite

Hexamolybdenum

Hibonite

Ilmenite

Irarsite

Iron

var: Kamacite

var: Martensite

Isocubanite

Jarosite

Kaersutite

'K Feldspar'

Kirschsteinite

Krotite (TL)

Kushiroite

var: Ti-kushiroite

Lakargiite

Laurite

Liebermannite

'Limonite'

Lingunite

Mackinawite

Maghemite

Magnesite

var: Breunnerite

Magnetite

var: Titaniferous Magnetite

Majorite

Marićite

'Maskelynite'

Melanterite

'Melilite Group'

Melliniite (TL)

Merrillite

'Meteoritic Iron'

'Mica Group'

Microcline
var: Hyalophane

Monazite-(Ce)

Monazite-(Nd)

Moncheite

var: Chengbolite

Nepheline

'Nickel-iron'

Nickelphosphide

Nierite

Niningerite

Oldhamite

'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'

Osbornite

Pentlandite

Periclase

Perovskite

Perrierite-(Ce)

'Perrierite-(Nd)'

Pigeonite

'Plessite'

Pyrite

'Pyroxene Group'

Pyrrhotite

Quartz

Rhönite

Ringwoodite

Rutile

Sanidine

Saponite

Schreibersite

Seifertite

'Serpentine Subgroup'

'Silica'

'Smectite Group'

Sodalite

Sperrylite

Spinel

var: Pleonaste

Stishovite

Sulphur

Sylvite

Taenite

Tazheranite

Tetrataenite

Tissintite (TL)

Tridymite

Troilite

Tsangpoite

Tuite

Ulvöspinel

Whitlockite

Wüstite

Xenotime-(Y)

Zircon


114 valid minerals. 8 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Meteorite/Rock Types Recorded

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Geochronology

Mineralization age: Phanerozoic : 315 Ma to ± 5.1 Ma

Important note: This table is based only on rock and mineral ages recorded below and is not necessarily a complete representation of the geochronology, but does give an indication of possible mineralization events relevant to this locality. As more age information is added this table may expand in the future. A break in the table simply indicates a lack of data entered here, not necessarily a break in the geologic sequence. Grey background entries are from different, related, localities.

Geologic TimeRocks, Minerals and Events
Phanerozoic
 Cenozoic
  Quaternary
   Anthropocene
ⓘ Brannerite (youngest age) ± 5.1 MaBou Azzer District (Bou Azer District), Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
    
  
 Paleozoic
  Carboniferous
   Pennsylvanian
ⓘ Brannerite (oldest age)315 MaVein No. 7, Bou Azzer Mine (Bou Azer Mine; Bouazzar Mine), Bou Azzer District (Bou Azer District), Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

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