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Malakal
Basic information Name: Malakal
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1970
Country: South Sudan
Mass:help 2 kg
Classification
  history:
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 50  (1971)  L
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L5
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L5
Recommended:  L5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 6302 approved meteorites (plus 3 unapproved names) classified as L5.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Revised 9 Jul 2011: Assigned to South Sudan
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Writeup from MB 50:
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FALL OF THE MALAKAL, SUDAN, STONY METEORITE

Name: MALAKAL

Place of fall: Near the town of Malakal, Upper Nile Province, Democratic emocratic Republic of the Sudan.

9° 30'N, 31° 45'E.

Date of fall: The specimen reached Khartoum on August 15, 1970 with a report that it had fallen a "few days" previously. It probably fell between August 10 and August 15, 1970.

Class and type: Stony. Olivine-hypersthene chondrite.

Number of individual specimens: 1

Total weight: Less than 2 kg, a part of a large individual.

Circumstances of fall: Soldiers heard or saw something fall from the sky and believed that they were being shot at. On inspection they found only a rock that was eventually taken to the Geology Department of the University of Khartoum, where it was identified as a meteorite.

Sources: Professor J. R. Vail, Geology Department, University of Khartoum, letter to R. S. Clarke, Jr. of October 15, 1970, and information circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Center for Short-Lived Phenomena, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Event number 91-70, card number 1027, October 7, 1970). A. S. Dawoud and J. R. Vail. 1971. Malakal Meteorite, Sudan. Nature Physical Science 229, 212-213.

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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 50, Meteoritics 6, 111-124 (1971)
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Geography:

South Sudan
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (9° 30'N, 31° 45'E)
     Recommended::   (9° 30'N, 31° 45'E)

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     This is 1 of 3 approved meteorites from South Sudan
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