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Gao-Guenie
Basic information Name: Gao-Guenie
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1960
Country: Burkina Faso
Classification
  history:
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 83  (1999)  H
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  H5
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  H5
Recommended:  H5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 7781 approved meteorites (plus 11 unapproved names) classified as H5.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7), H chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites
Writeuphelp
Writeup from MB 39:
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GAO, a village about 60 km N of the town of Leo, Upper Volta; φ = 11°391N, λ = 2°11'W.

FALL, March 5, 1960, about 1700 hours.

STONY, olivine-bronzite chondrite.

At least 16 stones were recovered, the largest weighing 2.5 kg; 1 kg in U.S. National Museum (Washington, USA).


Writeup from MB 57:
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FALL OF THE GUENIE, UPPER VOLTA, STONY METEORITE

Name:                                             GUENIE

Place of fall:                                   Upper Volta

Date of fall:                                    April, 1960.

Class and type:                             Stone. Olivine-bronzite chondrite (H4). Olivine Fa18-20.

Number of individual

   specimens:                                 A shower, total number not known.

Total weight:                                 Not known, 3.6 kg, four stones, in Paris (Natural History Museum).

Circumstances of fall:                  Not reported.

Source:                                           M. Bourot et al, 1975. Guenie and Tillaberi: Descriptions of two chondrites fallen in Africa. Meteoritics 10, 368 (abs.). See also M. Bourot, 1976. Etude mineralogique de la meteorite de Guenie. 3rd cycle thesis, University of Paris VI.


Writeup from MB 83:

Gao-Guenie, new name With the recent paper by Bourot-Denise et al. (1998), the Meteorite Nomenclature Committee has decided that a new, collective name, Gao-Guenie, will be bestowed upon all meteorites formerly identified as either Gao (Upper Volta) (frequently truncated to Gao) or Guenie. It had been reported that two meteorite showers occurred one month apart in 1960 in the country now known as Burkina Faso. But the new work confirms long-held suspicions that the two meteorites are indistinguishable from each other and that there was most likely only one fall (1960 March 5).  The confusion about this meteorite has been compounded by the fact that new stones continue to be found ~40 years after the fall and are given arbitrarily one or the other name. Henceforth, the official name for all meteorites from this shower will be Gao-Guenie, with the names Gao (Upper Volta) and Guenie as recognized synonyms.

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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 39, Moscow (1967) reprinted Met. 5, 85-109 (1970)
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 57, Meteoritics 15, 93-104 (1980)
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 83, MAPS 34, A169-A186 (1999)
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Geography:

Burkina Faso
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (11° 39'N, 2° 11'W)
     Recommended::   (11° 39'N, 2° 11'W)

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 2 approved meteorites from Sissili, Burkina Faso
     This is 1 of 9 approved meteorites from Burkina Faso
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Synonyms: Gao (In NHM Cat)
Gao (Upper Volta) (In NHM Cat)
Guenie (In NHM Cat)
Souma (From MetBase)

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