Benguerir, Morocco 2004 Witnessed Fall, Micromount

$5.00

On November 22, 2004, a bright fireball was witnessed over Morocco and many witnesses saw fragmenting trails falling to Earth. Later searches yielded fresh meteorites that were analyzed and classified as LL6 chondrites. The specimens being offered here are fresh interior fragments without crust.

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a single small fragment like the one shown. Your purchase will include a labeled gemjar for safe storage.

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on Benguerir :

Benguerir

Morocco

Fell 2004, November 22, ~11:45 GMT

Ordinary chondrite (LL6)

A meteorite shower was witnessed to fall near Benguerir (~50 km due north of Marrakesh, Morocco) by local people on 2004 November 22nd at ~11:45 GMT. The fall had an east-to-west trajectory. The estimated total recovered mass is ~25-30 kg. Three stones fell at the following localities: Douar Lfokra (32° 13’ 52.9” N, 8° 8’ 56.7” W), Ahl Fouim Sakhra Lourania (32° 15’ 31.2” N, 8° 10’ 51.9” W) and Douar Tnaja (32° 15’ 43.1” N, 8° 9’ 1.3” W). Two additional stones were also found further west, near Si Abdellah and Tnine Bouchane. A stone weighing ~4 kg, possibly recovered at Douar Tnaja, shows dull black fusion crust and regmaglypts on one side, and it is presently held at the office of the Govenor of the Kelaa Sraghna Province. Another stone weighing ~1.2 kg, possibly from Douar Lfokra, is kept in the laboratory of the Gendarmerie Royale. Mineralogy and classification (Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane, Université Hassan II Aïn Chock, Faculté des Sciences, Département de Géologie, BP 5366 Maârif Casablanca Morocco, Albert Jambon, UPVI, Michèle Bourot Denise, MNHNP): LL6, Fa29±1 Fs25±1, S3, W0. Specimens: type specimens, ~340 g, Université Hassan II Aïn Chock, Faculté des Sciences, Département de Géologie, BP 5366 Maârif Casablanca Morocco and 46 g, NAU; main mass, Oakes. Some other pieces are in the Moroccan CNRST (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique et Technique).