[meteorite-list] Kenya Fall & Hammers

From: Greg Catterton <star_wars_collector_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:54:55 -0700 (PDT)
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Wow, congrats. This is a big money fall.

10,500 grams recovered at $100 per gram will yield over 1 million in profit...

Can wait to see pics.

Greg Catterton
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----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Wooddell <nf114ec at npgcable.com>
To: Meteorite-List <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 5:48 PM
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Kenya Fall & Hammers

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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