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Touat 003

Stone, chondrite, LL6, S2, W1
Adrar, Algeria
Find: 2006 Nov 1
TKW: > 3,579 g
Individual: 3,450.0 g

Writeup from Meteoritical Bulletin 106:

History: Found by shepherd Mohamed Abdulaziz Ould Wahid on an erosion surface between two dunes, 6 km S of Al Mahbes, in November 2006.

Physical characteristics: The stone of 3579 g is covered with a black fusion crust. The color of the interior is greenish gray with rusty specks.

Petrography: (B. Hofmann, NMBE, M. Eggimann, Bern): Strongly brecciated texture with clasts up to 5 mm (monomict breccia). Only relictic, very weakly delineated chondrules are present. Mean size of plagioclase grains is ~50 μm and ranges up to 150 μm. Iron and troilite grains show signs of minor weathering (W1). Troilite forms small nodules and veinlets. Accessories include chromite and ilmenite.

Geochemistry: (Å. Rosén, Bern and B. Hofmann, NMBE) Olivine compositions (N=19) are Fa29.1±0.4 (Fa30.3 by XRD), pyroxene compositions (n=13) are Fs25.1±0.5Wo2.40±0.07.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL6), shock stage S2, low weathering (W1).

Unique cabinet specimen with two very different surfaces. One portion displays well-preserved fusion rind and areas of exposed, unaltered matrix, while the opposing surface shows distinct abrasion by wind-borne sand and development of desert patina. This piece shows impressively how very different weathering can progress on a specimen.

 

 

Price / Trade value

€ 2,650

Aiquile

Stone, chondrite, H5, S3, W0
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Fall: 2016 Nov 20, 17:57 local time
TKW: > 50 kg
Individual with Impact marks: 277.0 g

„A bright fireball appeared over Aiquile, Cochabamba district of Bolivia, on 20 November 2016, 17:57 local time (UTC-4). Stones fell in a strewn field of at least 12 × 2 km (northeasterly direction) in the following Aiquile communities: Tablamayu, Panamá, Chawar Mayu, Chaqo K’asa, Barbechos and Cruz Loma. The main bolide fragmentation occurred over the Tablamayu community, 12 km north of Aiquile. In the Cruz Loma community, C. Veizaga witnessed the fall of the largest stone (36.3 kg) about 500 m from him. He recovered the stone and in the following day the local Aiquile government (Luiz L. Arnez, Marco Cardona, Franz Navia, William Rodriguez, Jesus Yave) took the stone to the city museum. In the Panamá community, Roberto Soto witnessed the fall and recovered two other fragments (565 g, 2.2 kg). SERGEOMIN (Miguel A. Muriel, G. Villca, A. Perez), UMSA (Gonzalo Pereira), Brazil NM collaborators (Andre R. Moutinho, José M. Monzon) and S. Medina found additional fragments in the Panamá community. A. Moutinho found a 98 g fragment which was used for classification.

 

This is a pristine 277 g individual of irregular shape with thick, black  fusion crust and impact marks. It was found in the Panamá community (specimen exported before November 29, 2016).

 

Price / Trade value

€ 4,150

Aiquile

Stone, chondrite, H5, S3, W0
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Fall: 2016 Nov 20, 17:57 local time
TKW: > 50 kg
Individual: 49.0 g

This is a pristine 49 g individual of the Aiquile meteorite, shaped like a cobble stone with small, shallow regmaglypts on the two large surfaces, and thick, black fusion crust. One fragmented surfaced displays a window view onto the ash-grey matrix. Like the specimen pictured above, it was found in the Panamá community (specimen exported before November 29, 2016).

 

Price / Trade value

€ 730

Chergach

Stone, chondrite, H5 transitient to H impact melt breccia
SW El Mokhtar, Erg Chech, Timbuktu district, Mali
Fall: July 2007, daytime
TKW: ~100 kg
Individual: 492 g

In fall and winter, 2007 ~100 kg of meteorites were collected in the Erg Chech, north of Taoudenni. Nomads reported the stones fell after a smoke cloud was seen and several detonations were heard over a wide area during daytime in July 2007. The finder of the first meteorites was Mr Ouled Bleila. According to the Tuareg people from Algeria who visited the fall site in September 2007, the elliptical strewn field stretches for more than 20 km in a northeasterly direction. No fireball was reported. “Meteoritical Bulletin 94, 2008.

This is a 492 g dhield-shaped, oriented individual with convex breastside and centred apex. Subtle radial flow lines and splash marks originating from the apex cover the complete convex breastside. The flow lines run around the smoothened edges and disappear into deep gorge shaped regmaglypts on the retral flanks. These furrows contributed to a stable flight attidude of the projectile. The trailing edge shows a distinct melt rim along three quarters of the edge. Fusion crust on the breastside is deep black with splash marks shimmering in the light as if still liquid. The trailing edge displays a thick fusion crust with a more velvet like texture and a shade of brownish red. The meteorite measures 10.2 x 9.4 x 3.9 cm.
Price / Trade value

€ 3,750

SARATOV

Stone, chondrite, L4, W0
Saratovskaya Oblast, Russia
Fall: September 6, 1918
TKW: ~1 MT
Fragment: 2,554 g

October 6, 1918, about 5:00 in the afternoon: Startled by a bright flash, peasants all over the northern counties of Saratov Oblast looked up to what appeared to be a group of fireballs coming from the Samara Oblast and moving to the west in a shallow arc, impressively highlighted by the sinking sun. The sighting was followed by what was described as “a powerful roar”, perceived by some as the advent of the Last Judgement. Two large fragments of the meteorite, reportedly weighing 500 kg each, were later recovered from a depth of 2 meters, one near the village of Dongus in Volsky District, and the second close to a settlement near Petrovsky. According to the reports, a third mass that was seen to fall in the Khvalynsk area on the border of Samara Oblast remains missing to the present day. This specimen is a 2.5 kg Fragment from one of the 500 kg pieces dug out from the Impact pits. Specimen is uncleaned, red Russian soil is still adhering to the fresh fusion crust.

Price / Trade value

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Chelyabinsk

Stone, chondrite, LL5, S4, W0

Chelyabinskaya oblast’, Russia

Fell: 15 Feb 2013; 3:22 UT

TKW: ~1 MT

Fragment with IMB and LL5 lithology: 76.10 g

Chelyabinsk fragment that was found in mid-May east of the village of Kazbaevo. The specimen shows primary and secondary fusion crust, and one large fractured surface with the characteristic black & white pattern of shock planes and impact melt veins. Meteorite Displays little to no oxidation and is a pristine sample of the most spectacular and best-documented meteorite fall in modern times.

Price / Trade value

€ 850

Bassikounou

Stone, chondrite H5, S2, W0
Bassikounou, Hodh Ech Chargui, Mauretania
Fall: October 16, 2006, 04:00 hrs
TKW: > 93.85 kg
Individual 581.0 g

„A fireball was witnessed in the area, but no records of the direction of movement were recorded. A single stone of 3,165 g was found by A. Salem El Moichine, a local resident, on the same day at 13:00 hrs local time. The sample for classification was provided to NMBE by M. Ould Mounir, Nouakchott, who obtained it from his cousin who recovered the meteorite. According to S. Buhl (Hamburg, Germany), more than 20 specimens were later recovered by locals and meteorite finders. These finds define a 8 km long strewnfield. The total recovered mass is 46.00 kg.“ (Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 92). This is a pristine wedge-shaped fragment with 90 percent fusion crust and distinct flowlines on its largest surface. Flowlines and frothing can also be seen on one of the trailing surfaces. One fractured surface shows tertiary fusion crust developed at the latest stage of the hot flight.

Price / Trade value

€ 1,450

Northwest Africa 5597

Stone, achondrite, diogenite-olivine
Outat el Hadj, Morocco
Find: 2007
TKW: 171.5 g
Individual: 119.0 g

Johnstown-like, monomict brecciated diogenite with a matrix dominated by coarse pyroxene. This is an uncut individual with some 40 -50 % percent fusion crust preserved. Although it would make for spectacular slices, I did not have the heart to destroy it, as this specimen  is the only remaining intact mass of NWA 5597, it’s two smaller brothers were all cut up. With its unique texture, olive-green matrix and patchy fusion rind, this rare HED achondrite is an exceptional collection specimen.

Meteoritical Bulletin
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Price / Trade value

€ 1,450

Northwest Africa 7370

Stone, achondrite, diogenite-olivine
Gao, Mali
Find: May 2009
TKW: 2.29 kg
Half individual: 426.0 g

 This is one of only a handfull meteorites that are classified as olivine-, or harzburgitic diogenite (greater than 40 vol% olivine). Out of the 419 diogenites presently known, only ten qualify as harzburgites (olivine + magnesian orthopyroxene in contrast to conventional / ferroan orthopyroxene diogenites). NWA 7370  is also quite high in chromite (15 wt%). Chromite can be seen as black notches protruding from the crust. Due to its higher melting point, the chromite resisted atmospheric ablation better than the matrix.

Write up (Meteoritical Bulletin 101):

History: Four meteorites were discovered by an anonymous finder east of Agaraktem, Mali, in May 2009.

Physical characteristics: Four almost complete individuals totaling 2290 g.

Petrography: (R. Bartoschewitz, Bart) Polycrystalline olivine clusters (~50 vol%) of idiomorphic to hypidiomorphic cystals (<1 mm, average about 0.1 mm) distributed in schlieren-like bands within a matrix of xenolithic to hypidiomorphic pyroxene grains (about 1 mm), with rare intergranular feldspar. Chromite and metal occurs dominantly within pyroxene and olivine grains.

Geochemistry: (R. Bartoschewitz, Bart; P. Appel, B. Mader, Kiel) Pyroxene Fs23.8-25.4Wo2.0-4.4, olivine Fa29.3-30.3, feldspar An76-83Ab1-5. Chromite Al2O3 = 14.4-15.4, TiO2 = 0.9-1.1, MgO = 4.1-4.8; Kamacite Ni = 0.3-1.1, Co = 0.7-0.9 (all in wt%).

Classification: Olivine diogenite, S1, very fresh

The specimen up for sale is the main mass of NWA 7370. With its well-preserved texture, bottle-green matrix and olive drab patina this rare HED achondrite is an exceptional showpiece and unique collection specimen.

Price / Trade value

€ 5,200

Norton County

Stone, achondrite, aubrite
Norton County, Kansas, USA
Fall: February 18, 1948
TKW: 1.1 MT
Fragment: 27.3 g

At about 4 p.m. on February 18, 1948, hundreds of people witnessed a brilliant fireball in the clear afternoon skies above Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. Several people heard loud explosions, followed by a roaring sound like the noise of a jet engine. In the smoke train behind the fireball, puffs of smoke appeared where the large meteorite that was streaking across the sky broke apart in smaller fagements. In the following days and months, hundreds of stones were recovered from a large area on the Kansas / Nebraska border, in Furnas County, Nebraska and Norton County, Kansas. The meteorite became known as the Norton County Meteorite.

This is a pristine, unweathered fragment coming from the University of New Mexico’s Meteorite collection. Specimen bears the handwritten collection # N 533. Original University of New Mexico Label included.

Price / Trade value

€ 395

Northwest Africa 7705

Stone, HED achondrite, eucrite polymict
Nouadhibou, Mauretania
Find 2012
TKW: 124.0 g
Half individual: 101.70 g

Fresh (W-grade=low)  half individual with polished cut surface, displaying a dark-grayish interior with easily discernable lithic clasts. “Lithic clasts include basaltic and melt lithologies; mineral fragments are dominantly large exsolved pyroxenes and clacic plagioclase. SiO2, chromite, troilte and rare FeNi metal are minor constituents” (write up, Meteoritical Bulletin 102). The specimen shows moderately wind-polished fusion crust with delicate contraction cracks. Great type and display specimen.

Geochemistry: Opx: Fs55.8-58Ws1.6-3.5, FeO/MnO=31-35; cpx: Fs23.3-26.1Wo44-44.6, FeO/MnO=29-35; calcic plagioclase: An86.8 (range An80.7-90).

Price / Trade value

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