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NWA 3189   contributed by Solar Anamnesis   MetBul Link

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Thin section between crossed polarizers.   LL3

TKW unknown. Fall not observed. Name assigned 1 March 2005.

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Solar writes:
Good looking thin section of the NWA 3189 meteorite in cross-polarized light. Lots of chondrules with several distinct barred ones.

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Photo 2 is a crop from the Krpano site and looks to me to be a shatter cone. Is that even possible?

Photo 3 is a collection of crops, each showing an annular structure (red arrows). They caught my eye because they look perfectly circular, are hollow, and exist at different scales, plus I've never noticed this in other thin sections.

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Anne Black
 9/23/2018 12:56:51 PM
Great pictures Solar, and Thank you Roger for an excellent and thorough explanation. Yes making thin-sections is an art, and micro-bubbles can happen, but I am so glad this is not one of my thin-sections! ;-)
Jesper Gr*nne
 9/23/2018 12:29:13 PM
Lovely photos * thanks * also for the comments :-)
Roger Warin
 9/23/2018 8:42:13 AM
Photo 2 is a radial pyroxene chondrule. It illustrates the crystallization of pyroxene from a point, resulting in a fan-like texture. It's certainly not a shattercone which is an impactite. Photo 3 (regarding the annular structures, red arrows). These are imperfections in the TS. Air microbubbles are inserted below the cover. The microbubble is transparent and does not modify the cross-polarization. The circles are due to the "vertical" walls of the bubble where refraction phenomena occur, thereby deflacting the light beam. I personally did observe the same phenomena on some selected TS slides Roger
David Allepuz
 9/23/2018 7:07:23 AM
Photo 3 show bubbles on glue between sample and support glass. But that LL3 meteorite is Amazing. Thanks for showing us.
Bernd Pauli
 9/23/2018 5:28:22 AM
Photo 2 shows a perfect radial pyroxene chondrule. Beautiful!

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