[meteorite-list] Kenya Fall & Hammers
From: Michael Gilmer <meteoritemike_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 18:31:39 -0400
Awesome news. I can't wait to see some expedition photos and
specimen photos. :)
Hopefully Mike will be able to post to the List.
How many separate/individual stones are known from this fall?
-- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Galactic Stone & Ironworks - Meteorites & Amber (Michael Gilmer) Website - http://www.galactic-stone.com Facebook - http://tinyurl.com/42h79my News Feed - http://www.galactic-stone.com/rss/126516 Twitter - http://twitter.com/galacticstone EOM - http://www.encyclopedia-of-meteorites.com/collection.aspx?id=1564 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On 8/23/11, Jim Wooddell <nf114ec at npgcable.com> wrote: > This is from Mike... > > Trying to get this to the meteorite list but tried more than 30 hours ago > with no response from Art. > > This email is premature due to circumstances out of my control sadly. > > I am announcing the recovery of over 11.7 kilograms of the new Kenya > meteorite fall from 16 July, 2011. > > I saw the news of the fall on 17 July, and purchased a ticket to Kenya about > 4 hours later. I arrived in Kenya on 20 July, and on the morning of 21 > July, less than 125 hours after the fall, I had more than a kilo in hand. > Upon arriving at the fall location, I met a guy who knew a girl who saw a > stone land only 5 feet from her in a coffee field while working at ~10:30 am > when the explosions rocked the sky. It was cloudy at the fall site so no one > saw anything, just heard massive explosions and then loud whistling and > sounds that most described as gunfire. > > Moments after buying that stone, I went to another house of a boy who found > a 777 gram stone in a coffee field about 30 minutes after the fall. > > I stayed 9 days in Kenya, purchasing 10.5 kilos of stones, including the as > of now main mass of 3.5 kg. The first stone that was reported on the news > weighs less than 2.5 kg, not 5 kg reported. > > Most interesting about this fall is that it also has 3 seperate > hammerstones! > > First is a househitter that smashed through a metal house roof. I paid to > have the rooftop cut out and purchased several fragments of the meteorite, > including more on this trip. > > Second was a stone that weighed more than 350 grams which went through the > roof of a greenhouse, and was witnessed by a man working there, it smashed > into a metal growing table and exploded into hundreds of pieces. I have all > of that one and the plastic hole where it was cut out to be patched. > > Third is another greenhouse smasher from the same complex, found only 3 > days ago by workers moving plants out. It broke into several pieces > virtually all of which Greg Hupe and I recovered. It has been subjected to > high humidity for a month. > > > I have built a strewnfield map of all but 3 pieces, with exact locations. > > I returned almost two weeks ago for round two with Greg Hupe. We were able > to purchase only an additional 6 stones totalling 1150 grams. > > This fall is not thick, despite intense searching by hundreds of people who > need the money very badly, they have found little. > > We hired 25 workers for the last two weeks, working from 8 am to 6 pm > scouring the bushland, cornfields, banana plantations, and coffee fields, > without a single recovery from them. I hunted and walked a great many miles > myself with no finds. This was a large fall but seems to be very spread out > and large areas are either not huntable or are under heavy cultivation as > harvest and tilling is going on now. > > I have already sold several large pieces of this meteorite, I will have some > for sale, but less than 1 kg. > > I will be building a page about it in the next 48 hours as I am in London > now, on my way home. It is already in the lab under study, thin sections on > the way and from my own observations I think this meteorite will likely be > an L4 or 5. > > It has no brecciation or veining other than what I suspect are some metal > veins seen from the outside, have cut nothing. > > Expect to hear more from me as soon as I get rested up and get my site > ready. > > There will be little of this available, mostly small fragments, I may have > one or two larger stones available, 279~ g and 313~ gram 100% complete, but > not cheap! > > Expenses were more than $1000 per day not including airfare. Nobody works > for free in Kenya, to get them to move, money had to come out. > > In their own words " I need to be properly motivated". Heard that exact > phrase more than once. > > Michael Farmer > > > > > > > > > > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Meteorite Mania!" <meteoritemania at gmail.com> > To: <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> > Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2:04 PM > Subject: [meteorite-list] Kenya Fall & Hammers > > >> Where is all the talk about the newly recovered Kenya fall with >> multiple hammers? >> >> The list should be on fire right now...and where are the pictures? >> We're itching to see fresh crust. >> >> Well done Michael, keep up the good work. >> >> Ty >> ______________________________________________ >> Visit the Archives at >> http://www.meteoritecentral.com/mailing-list-archives.html >> Meteorite-list mailing list >> Meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com >> http://six.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/meteorite-list > > ______________________________________________ > Visit the Archives at > http://www.meteoritecentral.com/mailing-list-archives.html > Meteorite-list mailing list > Meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com > http://six.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/meteorite-list >Received on Tue 23 Aug 2011 06:31:39 PM PDT