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Nakhla Martian meteorite, Nakhla, Abu Hommos, Al Iskandanyah Governorate (Alexandria Governorate), Egypt

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 31° 19' North , 30° 21' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 31.31667,30.35000
Non-native locality type:Meteorite
Meteorite Class:Nakhlite meteorite
Meteoritical Society Class: Martian (nakhlite)
Metbull:View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Origin locality:Mars
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

Recorded fall in 1911. Has given name to the Nakhlites (diopside-olivine class of Ca-rich achondrites).

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Treiman, A.H. and Gooding, J.L. (1991) Iddingsite in the Nakhla meteorite: TEM study of mineralogy and texture of pre-terrestrial (Martian?) alterations. Meteoritics, vol. 26, p. 402.
Bridges, J.C. and Grady, M.M. (2000) Evaporite mineral assemblages in the nakhlite (martian) meteorites. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 176, 267-279.
Mikouchi, T., McKay, G., and Miyamoto, M. (2006) Mineralogy of nakhlite Martian meteorites: implications for their relative burial depths. 19th General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association, 23-28 July 2006, Kobe, Japan.
Cohen, B.E., Mark, D.F., Tomkinson, T., Lee, M.R., and Smith, C.L. (2015) Martian Igneous Activity and Fluid-Based Alteration: Chronological Constraints from 40Ar/39Ar Analyses of the Nakhlites. In: 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX, USA, 16-20 Mar 2015.

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