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Title: New kind of chondrite: A clast with carbonaceous, ordinary, and unique characteristics in the Northwest Africa 10214 LL3 breccia
Authors: A. E. Rubin, J.P. Breen, J. Isa, and S. Tutorow
Publication: Meteorit. Planet. Sci., v. 52, p. 372‐390.
Publish Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1111/maps.12797
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BibTEX Citation: Rubin:2016.bib


NWA 10214 is an LL3‐6 breccia containing ⁓8 vol% clasts including LL5, LL6, and shocked‐darkened LL fragments as well as matrix‐rich Clast 6 (a new kind of chondrite). This clast is a dark‐colored, subrounded, 6.1 9 7.0 mm inclusion, consisting of 60 vol% finegrained matrix, 32 vol% coarse silicate grains, and 8 vol% coarse opaque grains. The large chondrules and chondrule fragments are mainly Type IB; one small chondrule is Type IIA. Also present are one 450 × 600 µm spinel‐pyroxene‐olivine CAI and one 85 × 110 µm AOI. Clast 6 possesses a unique set of properties. (1) It resembles carbonaceous chondrites in having relatively abundant matrix, CAIs, and AOIs; the clast’s matrix composition is close to that in CV3 Vigarano. (2) It resembles type‐3 OC in its olivine and low‐Ca pyroxene compositional distributions, and in the Fe/Mn ratio of ferroan olivine grains. Its mean chondrule size is within 1σ of that of H chondrites. The O‐isotopic compositions of the chondrules are in the ordinary‐ and R‐chondrite ranges. (3) It resembles type‐3 enstatite chondrites in the minor element concentrations in low‐Ca pyroxene grains and in having a high low‐Ca pyroxene/olivine ratio in chondrules. Clast 6 is a new variety of type‐3 OC, somewhat more reduced than H chondrites or chondritic clasts in the Netschaevo IIE iron; the clast formed in a nebular region where aerodynamic radial drift processes deposited a high abundance of matrix material and CAIs. A chunk of this chondrite was ejected from its parent asteroid and later impacted the LL body at low relative velocity.