Beni M'hira, Tunisian 2001 Witnessed Fall, L6 Chondrite, Micromount


In the early morning hours of January 8. 2001, a fireball was witnessed over the remote Saharan desert in Tunisia, about 30km away from the Tatahouine strewnfield. Tunisian soldiers later recovered several fresh meteorites, which were analyzed and shown to be highly shocked L6 chondrites (S5-W0). Many years later, private meteorite hunters returned to the area and recovered many more meteorites from the fall. The strewnfield is now too dangerous to search because of terrorist elements that inhabit the deserted regions of Tunisia.

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 Beni M'hira :

Beni M’hira
Tataouine, Tunisia

Fell 2001 January 8, 3:00 hrs local time
Ordinary chondrite (L6)

A meteorite was seen to fall in the Beni M’hira region by the inhabitants of Ksar Beni M’hira, a small village ~35 km E of Foum Tataouine, (SE Tunisia). Three fragments weighing 1720, 300, and 200 g were recovered after the fall by local soldiers. An additional 7 pieces totalling >14 kg were later recovered by private finders. Classification (L. Folco, MNA­SI; N. Perchiazzi, MSNP; N. Laridhi Ouazaa, Tunis): olivine Fa24.3, orthoenstatite Fs21.4, shock stage S5, weathering grade W0. Magnetic susceptibility (P. Rochette, CEREGE), expressed as the decimal logarithm of apparent mass specific susceptibility (χ; in 10−9m3kg−1), is log χ = 5.01 ± 0.02. Specimens: 2190 g Tunis; type specimen, 29.2 g, and two thin sections, MSNP, one thin section, MNA-SI; 467.7 g, MNHNP; remaining mass with private collectors.