4x/0.25, acapulcoite, achondrite, LMScope, Nikon D810, polarized, scope2, zerene stacker

Dhofar 125 Meteorite Thin Section

Dhofar 125 Meteorite Thin Section

Dhofar 125 Meteorite Thin Section

Dhofar 125 has the smallest mineral grains of known acapulcoites. The Meteorite Studies link below gives additional interesting facts, such as the fact that the acapulcoites have elemental ratio compositions identical to that of chondrites. It is also known that all acapulcoites have a narrow cosmic ray age of 4 – 7 million years, perhaps indicating a common ejection event from the parent object. Some acapulcoites contain relic chondrules — in this thin section of Dhofar 125 you can see what I think may be relic chondrules.

Dhofar 125 – Meteorite Studies

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NWA 6704 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 6704 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 6704 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 6704 is a special meteorite which has properties that make it difficult to place in any known category of classification. The story of its discovery by Gregory M. HupĂ© is a feature article at Meteorite Times and provides a nice look into the art of meteorite discovery. Slices showing the internal meteorite texture have an eerie green coloration… in fact, it makes me think of kryptonite! This thin section of NWA 6704 is composed of large orthopyroxene oikocrysts which, due to their intricate polarized color gradients, were difficult to seamlessly stitch together. The final result is rainbow of vivid colors, patterns etched almost 4.52 billion years ago. Be sure to view the links below for additional information and images.

John Kashuba Images

NWA 6704 – Meteorite Studies

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NWA 1950 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 1950 Meteorite Thin Section

Image One: NWA 1950 Meteorite Thin Section

 NWA 1950 Meteorite Thin Section

Image Two: NWA 1950 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 1950, a poikilitic shergottite, is a Martian treasure for meteorite collectors. The two thin sections presented in this post are stunningly beautiful and were a real joy to photograph. I hope viewers find them visually stimulating. Many of the darkened olivine grains look remarkably similar to those found in NWA 2737; both were formed from high pressure shocks related to the ejecting event. Image One was taken with 4x/0.25 objective while Image Two was taken with 10x/0.25 objective. Additional information:

Meteorite Studies Link

Meteorite Thin Section Gallery

NWA 1950 at Meteorite.fr

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