Peace River, 1963 Canada Witnessed Fall Meteorite, Micromount


In the early morning hours of March 31, 1963, a brilliant fireball exploded over rural Alberta Canada near the Peace River. Several masses were recovered and the fall was classified as a L6 chondrite. This fall is rarely seen on the collector market and I only managed to acquire a small amount of it.

An interesting anecdote about this fall : according to local reports, a coyote came across one of the meteorites and defecated on it. I have tried to find out the fate of this "pooped on" stone, but there are no other stories about what became of it.

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.

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on Peace River :



The place of fall or discovery:  Mahood farm, 39 km southwest of Peace River town, Alberta, Canada; φ = 56°08' N, λ = 117°56' W.

Date of fall or discovery: FALL, March 31, 1963, 4 :35 a. m. MST.

Class and type: STONY, grey chondrite.

Number of individual specimens: 1

Total weight: 8.0 kg:

Circumstances of the fall or discovery: Dr. L. A. Bayrock, Research Council of Alberta, and Len Hills, Department of Geology, University of Alberta established that the fireball was traveling N 75° E, detonated at an elevation of 13 km, and broke into two main fragments. The smaller individual was recovered (as a number of fragments broken on impact) in the predicted fall area by J. Westgate and R. E. Folinsbee on April 24, after snow in the area had melted.

Source: Report of Dr. R. E. Folinsbee, Professor and Chairman, Department of Geology, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) in a letter, V. 29. 1963.