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Zag

Stone, chondrite, H3-6, S3, W0
Saguia el-Hamra, Western Sahara
Fall: 1998 August 4 or 5
TKW: 175 kg
Individual 1995.1 g

“A meteorite fall was witnessed on a mountain in the vicinity of Zag, Morocco. About 175 kg have been sold by local people to dealers and collectors under the names Zag, Sagd, and Tan-Tan” (Met.Bull no. 83). The pictured specimen is an individual with six surfaces. Three are fully coated with thick primary fusion crust, two show thin secondary crust and one displays only a light degree of darkening indicating a successive break up which lasted until the final stage of the hot flight. Bright impact marks and traces of clay which have penetrated fractures and fissures of the meteorite bear witness to a violent contact with a Western Sahara gravel floor. Zag is a regolith breccia and became famous when liquid water bearing halite chrystals were discovered in it. Specimen traded from jnmczurich.
Inventory #

B-316

Date

October 3, 2015

Category

Chondrites, Stones, Witnessed Falls