NWA 7034 - Exiting New Martian Meteorite!
Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:15 PM
Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:34 AM
Did they recently re-classify NWA 7034?
Northwest Africa 7034
Basic information Name: Northwest Africa 7034
This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: NWA 7034
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2011
Mass: 320 g
history: Recommended: Achondrite-ung [explanation]
This is 1 of 56 approved meteorites classified as Achondrite-ung. [show all]
Search for other: Achondrites, Ungrouped achondrites
Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:35 AM
obviously was discovered to be Martian after approval
Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:46 AM
Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:02 PM
Now Dr. Agee is going back and resubmitting this meteorite for approval as a new Martian type (which it is). It remains to be seen whether NonCom will approve it as such, but they probably will.
Sutter's Mill is another recent example. It was rushed through the classification and approval process so it could studied and published in an expedited manner - because of it's potential scientific importance. The current official classification of "C - carbonaceous chondrite" is a similar catch-all type and it is likely that Sutter's Mill will eventually be reclassified as a CM breccia, CM2.1, or CM2.2.
This is a fascinating new meteorite. The Met Bulletin says it is a single stone with a single owner. So, one person controls the entire world supply of this meteorite. For collectors, everything will depend on what this one person decides to do with it. UNM has the classification sample, but don't expect to see any of that on the collector market.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:13 PM
Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:13 AM
Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:12 PM
I'm pretty good about spotting a martian stone these days - I'm not sure if I could have gotten this one correct.
Maybe that is one reason they were not sure quite what they had when they first started studying this stone...