Ghubara, 1954 Arabian L5 Xenolithic Chondrite, Micromount

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Meteorites were first recovered in 1954 from the area around the town of Ghubara in the Jiddat al Harasis desert region of Oman. There were many stones and fragments found and a classification was eventually made by Russian and European scientists. This meteorite is described as a L5 chondrite that is moderately weathered. It has a characteristic dark to black matrix with fresh metal fleck, some chondrules, and occasional clasts and xenoliths. Decades later, other meteorite hunting expeditions (mostly by the Russians and the Swiss) recovered almost 1000 different meteorites from the surrounding Jiddat al Harasis area of the southern Arabian Desert.

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

From the Catalog of Meteorites entry on Ghubara :



The place of fall or discovery: Oman, Southern Arabia; φ = 19°13'40", N; λ =56° 8'34" E from Greenwich

Date of fall or discovery: FOUND, 1954,

Class and type: STONY, chondrite.

The number of individual specimens: 2 large masses.

Total weight: ?

The circumstances of fall or discovery: Unknown. The meteorite is at present being studies at Utrecht, the Netherlands.

SOURCE: Letter from Dr. M. Hey to E.L. Krinov dated July 29, 1956, and letters from Dr. C. de Jager to E.L. Krinov dated September 19, 1958 and February 3, 1959.