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Dhofar 700   contributed by jnmczurich, IMCA 2391   MetBul Link

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TKW 2.77 kg. Fall not observed. Found 15 November 2002, Zufar, Oman.


jnmczurich writes:
This Diogenite sample was found before it was explicitly forbidden to collect meteorites in Oman deserts. By knowing only the published Met Bulletin coordinates and years after the first recovery of Dhofar 700 (2002) and many hunting teams later it was not really expected to find an additional sample. It took two days with hours of slowly driving and walking time thru the desert to spot this beauty and to realize, that this is a real meteorite. The find was made shortly before the two man hunting team wanted to give up searching in this area and to move to another place.

Looking for "dark grey" stones, like written into the Met Bulletin description for Dhofar 700, but the found sample turned out to look more like a yellow/brownish block of crystalline brown sugar. All sides without crust.

Weight of found individual: 359.1 g

Weight of polished end section: 174.6 g

Dimensions of end section: 86 x 48 x 22 mm

The cose-up image (about 6 x 8 mm) shows a typical vug. The depth of the vug was checked with a needle to be 2.5mm.

The thin section was made from another Dhofar 700 specimen. Cross-polarized filter pictures.
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Found at the arrow (green or red) on the map below


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Ben Fisler
 3/28/2018 4:08:19 PM
Outstanding photography in the field.! Like I am there. Bravo!
John Divelbiss
 3/28/2018 11:01:36 AM
Some of the "vugged" individuals from this find are outstanding. Congrats on a great find. Up close DHO 700 would not look like an expected earth rock for this location, or any other location.
John Lutzon
 3/28/2018 7:28:27 AM
Good Get... Beautiful
Hanno Strufe
 3/28/2018 4:20:53 AM
Thank you for sharing this famous diogenite. I guess it took a lot of field work and a good eye to find this piece :-)
Stephen Amara
 3/28/2018 3:49:58 AM
A perfect example of where experience pays, other than the fact it does appear darker than the surrounding rocks, I might have picked that up and said no way!!! Kudos to the first finder and congrats to you as well.

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