NWA 869 chondritic meteorite. Weight of specimen is 306 grams (larger specimen) and 200 grams. The Northwest Africa 869 meteorite is an L3-6 regolith breccia. This meteorite originated from the surface layers of a smaller undifferentiated asteroid that was involved in major space collisions with other types of asteroids. The collisions resulted in smashing up parts of the different asteroids which then became inter-mixed and later consolidated into a fragmented rock know as a breccia. NWA 869 represents a mix of more than one type of asteroid parent body. The photos show an individual meteorite with a remnant fusion crust and desert varnish coating the surface.
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