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Gao-Guenie   contributed by Herbert Raab   MetBul Link

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307 and 464 grams.   H5

Observed fall March 5, 1960, in Burkina Faso.

From Wikipedia:
TKW probably over 1,000 kg. After three separate detonations, several thousands of stones rained down over an area of about 70 square kilometres (27 sq mi). The sound of the fall was heard as far as Ouagadougou, which is 100 kilometres (62 mi) away. Eyewitnesses said that some trees were broken and henhouses destroyed. The largest stones recovered weigh up to 10 kilograms (22 lb).


Herbert writes:
60 years ago on this date, on March 05, 1960, around 17:00 local time, a meteorite shower occurred in Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta). Large numbers of stones were still recovered many years after the fall event. Though the total weight of this material is not know, it must have been a massive event with a recovered mass probably in the range of hundreds of kilograms.

This fall of a H5 chondrite occured only one day after the fall of the Bruderheim meteorite (L6) in Canada.

The pictures show a 464 g (with label from German collector Walter Zeitschel) and a 307 g indvidual.
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Found at the arrow (green or red) on the map below


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 3/5/2020 12:55:28 PM
Thank you, Matthias and Alex, for the kind comments. I bought the 464g specimen from Walter Zeitschel in the 1990ies. I do not know when it was actually found, but it might have been collected up to ~30 years after the fall. You see a bit of the brownish patina anyway, but probably not as much as with later finds.
 3/5/2020 6:02:42 AM
Formidable specimens - congrats Herbert, congrats Gao-Guenie!
 3/5/2020 3:39:12 AM
Beautiful pieces both of them, Herbert. Could it be that these are early recovered stones and therefore without patina? The Zeitschel provenance could suggest so.

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