Bassikounou Meteorite: Mauritania, *2006

The Bassikounou meteorite fell to earth on 16th October, 2006, at around 4am. Total known weight is around 46kg, scattered along a strewnfield about 8km long.

This specimen of mine is a lovely fresh example weighing 99g. It has a clean, light grey interior, is fully crusted on the non-broken areas, and has lovely rollover lip. It also shows a classic oriented shape, which occurs as the exterior of the fragment ablates as it stabilises in flight through the atmosphere.

Bassikounou meteorite shots

 

Here’s a detail of the rollover lip:

Bassikounou meteorite detail

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