Monze, L6 Chondrite Fall, Zambia 1950, Micromount



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.

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

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).