Gao Guenie, 1960 Witnessed Fall from Burkina Faso, Micromount

Gao Guenie, 1960 Witnessed Fall from Burkina Faso, Micromount


On March 5th, 1960, a bright fireball exploded over the largely rural area of Burkina Faso. Local villagers witnessed the fall and many kilograms of stones were recovered. Later analysis proved the stones were H5 chondrites. Some specimens show an alternate impact melt breccia lithology.

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

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on Gao Guenie :



Place of fall: Upper Volta

Date of fall: April, 1960.

Class and type: Stone. Olivine-bronzite chondrite (H4). Olivine Fa18-20.

Number of individual

specimens: A shower, total number not known.

Total weight: Not known, 3.6 kg, four stones, in Paris (Natural History Museum).

Circumstances of fall: Not reported.

Source: Guenie Descriptions of two chondrites fallen in Africa. Meteoritics10, 368 (abs.). See also M. Bourot, 1976. Etude mineralogique de la meteorite de Guenie. 3rd cycle thesis, University of Paris VI