Zagami Meteorite 13.13g

Zagami Meteorite


Martian Meteorite, Shergottite

End cut with crust showing two lithologies

Weight: 13.13g

Size: 35 x 25 mm

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Zagami Meteorite

Location: Zagami, Katsina Province, Nigeria
Fell: October 3, 1962
Type: Shergottite (SNC)

On an October afternoon in 1962, this meteorite landed about 10 feet away from a farmer who was trying to chase crows from his corn field. The farmer heard a tremendous explosion and was buffeted by a pressure wave. After a puff of smoke and a thud, the meteorite buried itself in a hole about 2 feet deep. Weighing at about 18,000 grams (40 pounds), the Zagami meteorite is the largest single individual Mars meteorite ever found. More information on the Zagami Meteorite page of the web site of Ron Baalke (Jet Propulsion Lab).

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