Monze, 1950 Zambia Fall, Crusted Full Slice, 12.4g



On October 5, 1950, a shower of meteorites fell over remote villages in Zambia, causing confusion and terror amongst the locals. It was later classified as an L6 chondrite. To this day, it remains the only meteorite ever recovered from Zambia.

The specimen being offered here is a full slice with a rim of fusion crust around the edges. It has been professionally prepared and it the best example of this fall I have seen. The slice shows the shock veining, chondrules, and metal inclusions very well. One side has a high mirror polish and the other side is unpolished. It weighs 12.4 grams. 

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing the specimen shown. It is a polished full slice that weighs 16.4 grams. Your purchase will include an ID label.

From the Catalog of Meteorites entry on Monze :

A shower of stones fell over a considerable area including the villages
of Chizuni (15°58'S, 27°21'E) and Chiteba, H.J. Lambert (1950, 1951).
Description, W. Campbell Smith & M.H. Hey (1952).
Mineralogy, olivine Fa 25^ , B. Mason (1963).
Analysis, 21.6 % total iron, H. von Michaelis et al. (1969).
Collections of stones are at the Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, Livingstone,
Zambia and at the National Museum of Zimbabwe.
Noble gas data compilation, L. Schultz & H. Kruse (1989); L. Schultz pers._ commun._ (1998).