FUNDS OF MUSEUM OF METEORITES
Name: Gatuto
ACCN:
Type: Chonfrite, L6
Fall: 2020-04-24 8:27pm
Found: 2020-04-24
Location: Kenya
Coordinates: 0° 34.2' S, 37° 17.4' E
TKW: 25 kg
Chemical Composition:Olivine (Fa24.8±0.1, range Fa24.7-25.0, N = 5), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs21.0±0.2Wo1.6±0.1, range Fs20.7-21.2Wo1.4-1.8, N = 5), augite (Fs8.2±0.2Wo44.5±0.3, range Fs8.1-8.4Wo44.3-44.9, N = 3), plagioclase (Ab84.0±0.7An10.2±0.4Or5.7±0.4, range Ab83.3-84.6An10.5-9.8Or6.2-5.4, N = 3), chromite (Cr1.56Fe0.91Al0.24Mg0.12Ti0.08). Magnetic suscpetibility log χ (× 10-9 m3/kg) = 4.71.
Age:
Additional Information:
External References: 1) Met. Bull. Database
Notes:
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Item: Partial Slice
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Inventory Code: M-GATUTO.1
Registration Year: 2020
Origin: IMCA#9822
Size:
Weight: 9.7 g
Short Description:
Related Items: M-GATUTO.2, M-GATUTO.3
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Additional Information

IT WAS FOUND IN GATUTO (PRONOUNCED GA-TOO-TOE) KENYA GATUTO IS A SLEEPY LITTLE VILLAGE THAT REST IN THE FOOTHILLS OF MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK IN KENYA AFRICA THE TOTAL KNOWN WEIGHT OF RECOVERED METEORITES FOR THIS EVENT IS AROUND 25 KILOGRAMS MOSTLY CONSISTING OF JUST A FEW INDIVIDUAL SPECIMENS AND SOME FRAGMENTS
THE CLASSIFICATION IS L6 AND IS CURRENTLY BEING WRAPPED UP BY TONY IRVING AND LAURENCE GARVIE

THIS FOLLOWING EXCERPT IS TAKEN FROM A INTERVIEW OF A LOCAL PERSON JOSPHAT GAKERE WHO WITNESSED THE FALL AND HAD A METEORITE LAND IN HIS GARDEN.

Josphat Gakere was outside with his family as he recalls about 8:30pm on April 24th Gatuto, a sleepy suburb of the town of Kutus which rests at the foothills of Mount Kenya National Park, Kirinyaga County, Kenya when they were startled by glowing lights in the sky and then a loud noise of what they thought was a bomb exploding. Moments later they said it felt like an earthquake as the 6+ kilogram meteorite crash landed only 15 meters away from where they were outside. The family frightened from what they experienced scampered in every direction then quickly regrouped to find the cause of such dismay. Surveying the property Josphat discovered his juvenile maize plants were missing and instead there was a giant hole in place of where his crops once were. The next morning's investigation into what caused the damage led to the exciting discovery of the complete meteorite embedded about 3 feet into the ground.

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