NWA 6963, shergottite (Mars) Planetary Achondrite - 0.7×0.5×0.1 cm - 0.145 g

Description
NWA 6963, shergottite (Mars) Planetary Achondrite - 0.7×0.5×0.1 cm - 0.145 g
Oued Touflit, Morocco

Here is a nice endcut of the martian meteorite NWA 6963 found in the area of Oued Touflit in Morocco (28°00.148'N 11°07.895'W).

In late 2011 or early 2012, a nomad sold to Aziz Habibi a martian meteorite without giving the exact provenance. The hunter continued collecting pieces in the same area for about 6 months. In mid-May, 2012, the NWA 6963 locality, near the river Oued Touflit, became widely known and hundreds of meteorite hunters went to the area searching for more pieces. Pieces ranging from 100 to 700 g have been recovered, as well as a few small pieces (3-10 g), most of them are broken and partially covered by a thin fusion crust. The total mass may be as much as 8-10 kg. Analysis was done at the University of New Mexico. It is a martian shergottite.

I bought a complete specimen of 65 grams at the Ensisheim Show in june 2012 then I sent it for cutting to Marlin Cilz (USA) who also polished the slices on one side. This beautiful meteorite contains grains of clinopyroxene and of maskelynite measuring up to 5mm in length and silicated glass inclusions related to shocks in the rock during the Martian impact. Another name for this meteorite is Fej Errih which is the name of the place in Morocco where it was found.

The meteorite is sold in a collection box and a separate label / signed certificate of authenticity.

Lot details
Main Mineral/ Name Meteorite
NWA 6963, shergottite (Mars)
Mineral Form/ Type Meteorite
Planetary Achondrite
Dimensions
0.7×0.5×0.1 cm
Weight
0.145 g
Origin (Region/ City)
Oued Touflit
Origin (Country)
Morocco
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