New England Meteoritical Services


Large group of Stony iron, Pallasite meteorites found in Kenya

A large group of pallasite meteorites are reported to have been found in Northern Kenya, Africa.

Preliminary information and findings.

We received a sample for testing June 7, 2017 from the finders in Kenya.

Preliminary XRF analysis, very small sample:
Silica 36.2%, Iron 23.34%, Nickel 4.9%, Magnesium 17.95%

The finders have reported multiple, large masses, 2kg to 5kg and larger.

As presented from the finder with the sample:

"….of about one and a half tonnes", "….found in Northern part of Kenya, East Africa", "We have found Meteorite and have up-to 3tonnes. The sample in the picture are 3kgs and 2.5kgs."

If the above is verified then this is the largest new pallasite find in recent memory.

Comment: Rounded, highly fractured olivine - as individual inclusions, 6mm to 10mm and olivine "fields" >20mm. Visually this meteorite presents similar to the Brenham Pallasite.

Further testing is ongoing. It is not clear if other testing is being conducted at this time.

R. Kempton, New England Meteoritical

Lab@meteorlab.com

 
 
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North Kenya pallasite, 39 grams

 
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North Kenya pallasite, 39 grams

 
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North Kenya pallasite, 39 grams

   
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North Kenya pallasite, 39 grams

     
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North Kenya pallasite, reported 2.5kg

     
 
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North Kenya, reported 3kg pallasite.

       

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