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NWA 869   contributed by John Divelbiss   MetBul Link

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18 gram slice.   L5

TKW 2 tons. Fall not observed. Found in 2000.


John writes:
Initially purchased and presented here as SAU-001, and a L5, this meteorite appears to be more likely to be an 18 gram slice of NWA 869, and as a L3-6 with lots of strange inclusions. Thanks to Jason Utas for pointing out the mistake in the original identification.

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Andi Koppelt
 10/21/2019 12:00:23 PM
My toes are curled now.
John Divelbiss
 10/20/2019 6:02:01 PM
I am humbled by your wanting to be helpful Andi...
Andi Koppelt
 10/20/2019 3:42:59 PM
O.k., John, good luck and have fun with an NWA from Oman. We are obviously on two different levels.
John Divelbiss
 10/20/2019 3:40:49 PM
thanks for the change Paul. It will be labeled NWA 869 going forward. Signed, JD ex-IMCA member #2008 PS I wonder why I quit? :/, PSS And I wonder why folks hesitate to put their photos on the MPOD. :// ...relax folks
John Divelbiss
 10/20/2019 3:29:55 PM
really Andi...an exaggeration beyond belief and to me that is a low blow. NWA 869 is obvious to most...and feel free to steer clear of my collection as I will of yours.
Andi Koppelt
 10/20/2019 3:21:02 PM
John, in my opinion you should call it "Nova XXX" although if this specimen most probably "looks like" NWA 869. Oman is far away from NWA. Sorry, but documentation is obligatory after IMCA terms even if you won*t sell it. It was sold as SAU 001, but definitely doesn*t match. Think about the mess with bad documented meteorites from your collection in the far future.
John Divelbiss
 10/20/2019 8:44:59 AM
Andi...I bought it on faith from Steve Witt for very little money. I didn't care what it was at the time because all I saw were these wonderful inclusions. And I've never even doubted that it was something other that SAU 001. After Jason's comment last night I spent a 1/2 hour looking at various pieces of both Sau 001 and NWA 869 that I have, and came to that conclusion...that it was NWA 869. I even told Paul in the writeup he did NOT include that it looked more like a regolith, maybe a L4-6. When you've been a mechanical engineer for 40 years like I have...you learn how to adapt quickly to the information and questioning, especially when I'm wrong about something. I'm not like most others who struggle to admit a mistake...in this case someone else did the mistake that I proliferated. I won't sell it, so don't worry from an IMCA standpoint.
Michael Hofmann
 10/20/2019 4:39:17 AM
These gray achondritic "needels" are a kind of molten impakt-breccias (made of motherasteroid-material) that returned back to the motherasteroid and gathered in the surface breccia. See the new reaserchpapers from last studies.
Andi Koppelt
 10/20/2019 12:14:49 AM
Isn*t it a little bit too easy to change the name from SAU 001 to NWA 869, John?
John Divelbiss
 10/19/2019 9:18:46 PM
After further review I am in agreement with you Jason. Paul, I am OK if you change this to NWA 869, which makes a lot more sense for these strange inclusions. Jason, thanks for looking out for us...Being NWA 869 is kind of obvious now, but I was focused on the special features without considering it was the wrong designation...lesson learned.
Jason Utas
 10/19/2019 6:42:34 PM
This is NWA 869.
John Divelbiss
 10/19/2019 12:33:58 PM
This slice is from Steve Witt and it can also be seen at the bottom of the MetBul Link photos.
Greg Lindh
 10/19/2019 11:23:14 AM
I agree. The inclusions are fascinating.
John Divelbiss
 10/19/2019 8:49:11 AM
I know this is not the most exciting meteorite but please be sure to look at the details of the basaltic inclusions in it...certainly not normal.

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