DHOFAR 778


Diogenite
Orthopyroxenite
(≥90 vol% orthopyroxene)

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Found October 2000
18° 43.525' N., 54° 43.829' E.

A single lightly weathered (W1) stone, weighing 156 g, was found in the desert of Oman by a German team. It was classified by Dr. J. Otto at the Institut für Mineralogie, Universität Freiburg, as one of the most highly shocked diogenites yet discovered, with a shock stage of S4. This breccia exhibits a fragmental texture, which has been interpreted to be a characteristic of impact ejecta. For more details on the formation of diogenites visit the Johnstown page. To see an alternative classification system for the diogenites and dunites based on mineralogical and petrographical features, proposed by Beck and McSween (2010) and modified by Wittke et al. (2011), click here.

The photo above shows a 0.88 g half slice of Dhofar 778, which exhibits profound shock-veining. Increased magnification reveals that fragmentation is present to a very fine scale. It is thought that the melt veins were formed and quenched within a few microseconds. The top photo below is a high resolution image of this diogenite, courtesy of Stephan Kambach. This is a highly polished section revealing a greenish color similar to that of Tatahouine. The bottom photo below shows the fusion-crusted side of the main mass.

dhofar 778
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Photo courtesy of Stephan Kambach

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Photos of the complete stone shown courtesy of Stephan Kambach