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MISSING: 9.04 kilogram Sikhote-Alin shrapnel individual   More Info

El Boludo   contributed by Michael Overacker, IMCA 7610   MetBul Link

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{mbnum:66186]1152 grams.   H5

TKW 19.62 kg. Fall not observed. Found 2013, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

From the MetBul:
Numerous fragments and several whole stones, totaling 19.62 kg, were found by an American prospector, Greg Bruce, and his hunting partners in 2013 in Sonora, Mexico, while metal detecting for gold nuggets.

From Google Translate:
El Boludo = The Idiot

Michael writes:
This specimen is a 1152 gram half cut that measures 137mm x 99mm x 47mm. This meteorite was discovered by a gold prospector in the Sonora, Mexico area in 2013, and classified as a new meteorite by the University of New Mexico. The Total Listed Known Weight is 19.62kg This meteorite is classified as an Chondrite H5. This large specimen is shows some regmaglyphic imprinting as well as melting iron nodules in the fusion crust. The interior is interesting in its dark color and fractured veining in the chondritic matrix. The nodules of iron in the matrix is stunning.

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 8/13/2019 9:12:33 AM
Maybe someone from the Rio de la Plata region in South America (where boludo has that meaning) got the find in Sonora and played a joke, you never know. The description and classification aren't convincing.
Paul Swartz
 8/12/2019 8:19:01 PM
It would seem, MexicoDoug, that you have just invalidated every Spanish / Mexican translation program and online dictionary that's in The Cloud. And, your grasp of the collective mind of Mexico is truly impressive!
 8/12/2019 5:26:47 PM
Google Translate often still sounds idiotic, so the translation given above is nonsense and not on anyone's mind in Mexico. The meteorite was apparently named for the town of El Boludo in Tamaulipas, which is on the opposite side of the country from Sonora, through Sonora is where the Met Bulletin describes the prospectors prospecting for gold and finding it - more errors! The MB coordinates are correct for El Boludo, Tamaulipas, and on Google Earth we see a mountain with curious outcrops which is almost certainly how the town got its name of "boludo" which describes an outcrop in Mexico. Don't even visit the Wikipedia article on this meteorite unless you are someplace you can laugh out loud! Bernd's observation that this looks far more weathered than W2 nails another irregularity about this meteorite that could use a second look. Thanks Michael for kindly sharing! The meteorite has a great polish (and I thought I saw some visible chondrules too ???!)
Bernd Pauli
 8/11/2019 11:41:26 AM
The Met.Bull. says it is W2. Isn't that a bit optimistic? Looks more like a W3 to me. The dark melt areas in photo #1 are quite interesting. Maybe a higher shock stage than S3 in these areas?

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