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MISSING: 9.04 kilogram Sikhote-Alin shrapnel individual   More Info


 
Aguas Zarcas   contributed by jnmczurich, IMCA 2391   MetBul Link


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TKW ~12 kg. Observed fall 23 April 2019, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

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Jürgen/jnmczurich writes:
My wife and I recently went on vacation in Costa Rica. We took a rental car tour through Costa Rica with stops in Los Chiles near Aguas Zarcas, the Arenal and Miravalles volcanoes, hot springs and waterfalls, in the rainforest (wildlife observation) and on the Pacific coast. Good choice.

There is very good information about the strewnfield of the Aguas Zarcas meteorite on the Internet, for example in the Meteoritical Bulletin. We arrived in Los Chiles around noon on February 25 and I asked people in the gardens near the fall coordinates if they remembered the meteorite fall of April 23, 2019 and had one or more meteorite pieces for sale. During the third short conversation, we were sent to a house whose resident had actually kept three small meteorite pieces in the kitchen cupboard. The three meteorite pieces were wrapped in aluminum foil when they were shown to us. All three pieces were only found after the first rain after the meteorite fall.

After about 10 minutes of polite negotiations with hands and feet and a lot of laughter (unfortunately we don't speak Spanish) I could buy the three pieces with a total of only 12 g from the housewife and her daughter. The joy was great on both sides. Finally, we thanked both women with the finest Swiss chocolate as a gift.

• Angular individual with 7.2 g
• Oriented, almost circular individual with 3.2 g
• Small fragment of an orientated piece with a red streak from hitting the red-painted corrugated iron roof of the house, 1.6 g, with a foam crust

When I think back on the recent experience, I'm still smiling :-).

Pura Vida!
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Roberto Vargas
 12/27/2020 4:35:48 PM
A great looking Aguas Zarcas hammer stone!
jim brady
 3/13/2020 9:30:43 AM
fantastic Jurgen--great stones
Herbert
 3/12/2020 6:01:46 PM
Great stones, great story! Thanks for sharing this, J*rgen!
Dave Pensenstadler
 3/12/2020 12:59:50 PM
Wow! Fusion crust, oriented, and hammer stone. Doesn*t get any better than this!
Michael Mulgrew
 3/12/2020 11:34:10 AM
Fantastic!
Andi Koppelt
 3/12/2020 7:39:30 AM
Cool little gemstones, J*rgen. Well done! :-)
Roberto Vargas
 3/12/2020 6:07:06 AM
A great looking Aguas Zarcas hammer stone!
Bernd Pauli
 3/12/2020 4:47:16 AM
Bravo, Juergen, two thumbs up and congratulations!
Alex Seidel
 3/12/2020 4:38:36 AM
Nice small individuals, still pretty fresh, and a good story to tell.
matthias
 3/12/2020 4:34:01 AM
Storytelling belongs to meteorites. Thanks for that, J*rgen, and for showing the three heavenly jewels.
Keith Hicks
 3/12/2020 4:29:12 AM
Great acquisitions Jurgen! Collection pieces are that much more special when associated with tales of travel to an exotic new Strewnfield location and personal negotiations to procure a specimen.
 

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