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Maigatari-Danduma   contributed by Hanno Strufe, IMCA 4267   MetBul Link

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13.58 gram fragment.   H5/6

TKW 4.63 kg. Observed fall 1 August 2004, Zinder, Niger.

From the MetBul:
A meteorite broke into pieces and fell across the Niger-Nigeria border. One stone fell at the border town, Rigar Jobi in Maigatari Local Government Council, Nigeria. Mr. Malam Musa was standing in front of his hut when he heard a strange sound like the sound of a plane coming towards him. When he looked at the sky, he saw a black object falling towards him. The object fell about 15 meters away from him. His son, standing under a tree about 30 meters away, also saw the falling object and started running towards his father, but before he could reach him, the object had made it to Earth with a loud crash. Then there was another loud fall about 2-2.5km away, in Danduma, a small village west-northwest of the town Adara on the Niger Republic side, where two pieces of the meteorite, including the main mass, were recovered. Neighbours running to the site found a black stone which had shattered (or perhaps they broke it) into pieces. They brought some of the pieces to the local chief who presented them to the emir of Maigatari Local Government Council, Jigawa State, Nigeria.

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Anne Black
 3/31/2016 4:00:32 PM
Very nice and very rare rock! Thanks Hanno.
 3/31/2016 2:16:57 PM
Thanks Hanno for sharing such an exciting story of the discovery of this border-straddling fall! The texture seems solid and strongly cemented, increasing the likelihood it was broken by curious finders rather than simply cracking up upon impact!
Graham Macleod
 3/31/2016 3:03:36 AM
What a great Crust and matrix Hanno! Fantastic history behind this one and I am glad no one was hurt :)
Kally Wombacher
 3/31/2016 2:25:28 AM
Beautiful bright matrix, Hanno.
Michael Hofmann
 3/31/2016 2:19:46 AM
wow...cremie... nice!

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