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Timbuktu   contributed by Darryl Pitt   MetBul Link

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Copyright (c) Darryl Pitt.
131.7 grams.   Mesosiderite-B4

TKW 5.5 kg. Fall not observed. Found 2015, Gao, Mali.


Darryl writes:
I was gleeful upon learning of a meteorite being named Timbuktu. As a child I became familiar with the expression "From here to Timbuktu" and recall having repeatedly invoked it without knowing what I was saying. I found delight in any reference to Timbuktu in cartoons; there was just something about the word. Rhythmic, alliterative and exotic, Timbuktu conjured images of genies and magic carpets. Even today when I encounter "Timbuktu" in most contexts it invariably provides a smile. Itís fun when meteorites are found in places that provide eye-widening names. Waldo, Yambo, Prarie Dog Creek, Lick Creek, Fuzzy Creek, Johnnyís Donga ... Timbuktu. And everything else being the same, it anecdotally does appear that a meteorite with the better name is worth more.

Names aside, Timbuktu is a great meteorite. Itís one of only four (4) mesosiderites with the B4 classification (the other three being Budulan, Mincy and Bondoc ó all renowned). This cut and polished slice reveals an abundance of large-grained metal as well as bountiful and vibrant silicate inclusions punctuated by a prominent nodule of iron-nickel. Itís also available at no reserve at Sothebyís current Natural History auction ó featuring more than 25 meteorites at no reserve ó which ends this Friday, December 3rd.

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Found at the arrow (green or red) on the map below


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Jim Strope
 12/2/2021 7:34:11 PM
Beautiful slice and great story.
Anne Black
 12/1/2021 2:30:20 PM
Yes interesting. And the History of Tombouctou is even more interesting, the architecture, the ancients books,....
Twink Monrad
 12/1/2021 8:43:31 AM
It really shimmers, great photo
Jim Strope
 12/1/2021 7:38:45 AM
Beautiful slice and great story.

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