Souslovo, Russian Wheel-Chock Meteorite, Micromount

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The Souslovo meteorite was discovered in the Bashkortostan region of Russia in 1997 when two locals found it in a ditch and used it to keep their cart from rolling down a hill - probably the only known use of a meteorite as a wheel chock. The rock had a strange appearance, so they decided to keep it. Years later, they suspected it might be a meteorite and sent off a sample for testing. It was analyzed and confirmed to be a L4 chondrite. Further research has possibly connected to this meteorite find to a bright fireball seen in the same area decades earlier in 1966.

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

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on Souslovo :


Bashkortostan, Russia

Found 1997 July

Ordinary chondrite (L4)

In late July 1997, Ismagil Gaysin and his son Radik were loading hay on to a cart near Souslovo village, 10 km N of Birsk town. The cart was not safe on the sloping track, and the father asked his son to find a stone to secure the wheel. Radik found a stone buried in soil in the nearest ditch. When the work was finished, they decided to bring the stone home because it had an unusual color and shape. Later, they thought that the stone (weighing 19.3 kg) could be a meteorite, and in 2002 sent a piece to the Vernadsky Institute, Moscow for identification. In 1966 March 30, 15:45 UT, a bright fireball was observed in the region and it could be that the meteorite find might be related to the fireball. Classification and mineralogy (S. Afanasiev, Vernad): olivine, Fa23.5; pyroxene, Fs23.2Wo1.3; shock stage, S2; Weathering grade, W0/1. Specimens: 6147 g, Vernad; main mass with anonymous owner.