Gao Guenie, 1960 Fall, Nice Aerodynamic Meteorite, 17g

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On March 5th, 1960, a bright fireball exploded over a remote 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.

This stone has an aerodynamic shape and the characteristic orange-ish patina on the fusion crust. It has good heft to it and weighs 17 grams (over a half ounce). This is a fine hand specimen of this classic meteorite fall locality.

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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