[meteorite-list] Kenya Fall & Hammers

From: Michael Gilmer <meteoritemike_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 18:31:39 -0400
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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?

Best regards,

Galactic Stone & Ironworks - Meteorites & Amber (Michael Gilmer)
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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
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Received on Tue 23 Aug 2011 06:31:39 PM PDT

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