Oued el Hadjar, Witnessed Fall, Wedding Altar Meteorite, Micromount

$5.00

Description

Oued el Hadjar is a meteorite that fell to Earth in March 1986 in the Guelmim-Es Semara region of Morocco. Witnesses heard a whistling sound and the single stone fell less than 100 feet from their tent. The stone was found days later where it was broken into pieces and a portion of it was used as an offering on a traditional wedding altar. Fragments of the original specimen were acquired later by a meteorite dealer, but some of the meteorite was lost and never recovered. Analysis revealed it to be a fresh LL6 chondrite.

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 Oued el Hadjar :

Oued el Hadjar

Morocco

Fell 1986 March

Ordinary chondrite (LL6)

Nomads heard a loud whistle and saw a 1215.5 g stone fall 200 m from their tent. The stone was broken into many pieces (sacrificed on an altar) 15 days later during a wedding ceremony. Mineralogy and classification (A. Sexton, OU): olivine, Fa30.0; pyroxene, Fs22.0; shock stage, S2; weathering grade, W0/1. Specimens: 18.6 g, OU; main mass with anonymous finder.