NWA 8159 Meteorite Thin Section
10x/0.25, LMScope, mars, Nikon D810, northwest africa, polarized, scope2, zerene stacker

NWA 8159 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 8159 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 8159 Meteorite Thin Section

To create a good number of thin section slides of NWA 8159, the original oblong fragment was split into two pieces. The previous mosaic of NWA 8159 represents one half of this split. The thin section presented here is the other half.

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NWA 8159 Meteorite Thin Section
10x/0.25, achondrite, LMScope, mars, Nikon D810, northwest africa, polarized, scope2, zerene stacker

NWA 8159 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 8159 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 8159 Meteorite Thin Section

NWA 8159 was quenched from a basaltic melt ~2.3 billion years ago at a time when Mars contained bodies of liquid H2O. Suddenly ejected from the surface millions of years ago this piece of the war god became a migrant searching for a new home. By fortune it found Earth.

In this thin section, my first taken with the Nikon D810 combined with the LMScope adapter, mineral grains are clearly visible in the lower portion. Indeed, the lower eighth of the thin section seems distinct from the upper. Other noticeable features include the shock melt veins and the glassy clasts.

Additional details can be found at Meteorite Studies.

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