Northwest Africa 5958: A weakly altered CM-related ungrouped chondrite, not a CI3.OPEN ACCESS
Jacquet, E., Barrat, J.-A., Beck, P., Caste, F., Gattacceca, J., Sonzogni, C. and Gounelle, M.
Meteoritics & Planetary Science. doi: 10.1111/maps.12628
“Northwest Africa (NWA) 5958 is a carbonaceous chondrite found in Morocco in 2009. Preliminary chemical and isotopic data leading to its initial classification as C3.0 ungrouped have prompted us to conduct a multitechnique study of this meteorite and present a general description here. The petrography and chemistry of NWA 5958 is most similar to a CM chondrite, with a low degree of aqueous alteration, apparently under oxidizing conditions, and evidence of a second, limited alteration episode manifested by alteration fronts. The oxygen isotopic composition, with ∆’17O = −4.3‰, is more 16O-rich than all CM chondrites, indicating, along with other compositional arguments, a separate parent body of origin. We suggest that NWA 5958 be reclassified as an ungrouped carbonaceous chondrite related to the CM group”