NWA 13974: Lunar Impact Melt Breccia

 

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NWA 13974 is a typical example of what one should expect to find while exploring on the near-side lunar surface in the vicinity of any large mare region. This Moon rock shows the result of thousands of close by impact events which pulverized the regolith, and in many cases melted some of the small pieces together with the tremendous heat generated by those impacts. This area would have been constantly impacted, pulverized, and re-melted again and again. With a small hand lens, one can easily see a dozen or more greenish olivine clasts plus more than a half dozen white anorthosite clasts that are remarkably still visible within a mostly melted dark basalt matrix.

1.51 gram complete slice; 16mm x 22mm x 2mm:  $370