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Machinga
Basic information Name: Machinga
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1981
Country: Malawi
Mass:help 93.2 kg
Classification
  history:
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 60  (1982)  L6
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L6
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 12058 approved meteorites (plus 6 unapproved names) classified as L6.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
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Writeup from MB 60:
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FALL OF THE MACHINGA, MALAWI, STONY METEORITE

Name: MACHINGA

Place of fall: Close to Mlelemba village, about 7 km SW. of Machinga, Malawi.

15°12'44"S., 35°14'32"E.

Date of fall: January 22, 1981, 1000 hrs.

Class and type: Stone. Olivine-hypersthene chondrite (L6).

Number of individual

specimens: 1

Total weight: 93.2 kg

Circumstances of fall: The flight of the stone was heard, but not seen, in Zomba and Malosa. The impact was heard and observed as a fountain of soil and grass.

Source: M.J. Crow, J.C. Chatupa and A.T. Mndala, 1981. A preliminary account of the Machinga meteorite. Report of the Geological Survey of Malawi.

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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 60, Meteoritics 17, 93-97 (1982)
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Geography:

Malawi
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (15° 12' 44"S, 35° 14' 32"E)
     Recommended::   (15° 12' 44"S, 35° 14' 32"E)

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 2 approved meteorites from Southern, Malawi
     This is 1 of 6 approved meteorites from Malawi
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