Given the evidence provided by the 661g Tamdakht (Anakhsa 03), it can be assumed that fragmentation of single Tamdakht meteorites continued to the end of the ablation phase and beyond. This resulted in a number of meteorites that fell to he ground as fragments only partially crusted. Although more masses shattered when hitting coarse gravel, larger boulders and rock outcrops as they fell, fragmentation on impact is not the only reason for the predominance of fragments and the small number of fully crusted individuals.
On February 26, 2009 the final classification results of the Tamdakht meteorite were approved by the Nomenclature Committee and subsequently published in the data base of the Meteoritical Bulletin. Tamdakht is an ordinary chondrite (H5) with a shock stage of S3 and a weathering grade of W0. The complete entry in the data base of the Meteoritical Bulletin can be found by cklicking here.
We will continue to report information on the Tamdaght meteorite fall here and we appreciate any assist from Morrocan meteorite enthusiasts providing images from the field and information on further finds. Special Thanks to Mohamed Aid for educating local finders to preserve impact sites for in situ photographing, for documenting finds and providing GPS data and measurements for this account.