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Tamdakht   contributed by Matthias Baermann   MetBul Link

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440 grams   H5

TKW 100 kg. Observed fall 20 December 2008 near Tamdakht, (Ouarzazate) Morocco.

From the MetBul:
On December 20, 2008, witnesses from a number of locations in Morocco (Agadir, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate) observed a meteor with a W to E trajectory. According to the local newspaper, Al Massae (of December 27th), people from the high Atlas Mountains (between Marrakesh and Ouazazate) heard a sound and felt an aftershock. Due to the high relief in this mountain region, covered with snow at this time of the year, searching for the meteorite was a difficult task. The first reports on finding pieces of a meteorite came a couple of weeks later. The largest impact pit is located near Oued Aachir (1.10 m diameter and 70 cm depth, 3109.8′N, 700.9′W), with a stone exceeding 30 kg and many small fragments. A second one is smaller, (about 20 cm diameter and 10 cm depth; 3109.9′N 0702.3′W) located 2 km W from the first one; the main mass from the second impact was probably about 500 g. Nine new impacts coordinates have been reported by S. Buhl and M. Aid, and P. Thomas reported 3 other impacts. A strewn field of at least 25 km long and 2 km wide has been outlined.


Matthias writes:
Individual with about 95% of freshest fusion crust and some impact marks. Remarkably pronounced flowlines, completely covering one side, indicating stable flight orientation.

Bought the piece directly from a Moroccan dealer.
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Found at the arrow (green or red) on the map below


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Anne Black

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 12/9/2017 2:53:19 AM
Thank you for your comments, estimated confratres in meteoriticis. Wilford, perhaps it helps to have a look u n d e r your trash cans - who kows ... ; - )
Wilford Krantz
 12/8/2017 3:58:50 PM
I just looked out behind my trash cans and ... nothing:(
Stephen Amara
 12/8/2017 2:39:52 PM
Stunning meteorite!!
John Divelbiss
 12/8/2017 10:27:12 AM
awesome sweeping flow lines...Tamdakht is one of those Moroccan falls that are still under-appreciated. When fresh, and cut/polished nicely this meteorite shows a gorgeous H5.
Daniel Da Costa
 12/8/2017 8:28:26 AM
very nice
Michael Farmer
 12/8/2017 7:10:54 AM
Andreas Koppelt
 12/8/2017 3:38:18 AM
Nice one!
Kally Wombacher
 12/8/2017 12:53:31 AM
Very nice flowlines!!
Tomasz Jakubowski
 12/8/2017 12:04:19 AM
Great specimen Matthias

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