Chergach, 2007 Mali Fall, H5 Chondrite, Micromount

$5.00

Description

Chergach is a witnessed fall from Mali in 2007. Many stones from this shower struck a village, causing panic and a sensation across the countryside as black stones rained from the sky following a series of detonations. Analysis revealed the meteorite to be a shocked H5 chondrite.

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


From the Meteoritical Bulletin Entry on Chergach -

Chergach 23° 41’47’’N, 5° 00’53’W

SW El Mokhtar, Erg Chech, Timbuktu district, Mali

Fall: 2 or 3 July 2007, daytime

Ordinary chondrite (H5)

History: 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, who died in a car accident on his way back from the trip to the Chergach strewn field in October 2007. 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.

Physical characteristics: A large number of fusion-crusted stones have been recovered, the largest ones are 17.8 and 13.9 kg, the smallest ones about 1.5 g. Total known weight ~100 kg.