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Basic information Name: Benguerir
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 2004
Country: Morocco
Mass:help 25 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 89  (2005)  LL6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  LL6
Recommended:  LL6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 2948 approved meteorites (plus 2 unapproved names) classified as LL6.   [show all]
Search for other: LL chondrites, LL chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Writeup from MB 89:



Fell 2004, November 22, ~11:45 GMT

Ordinary chondrite (LL6)

A meteorite shower was witnessed to fall near Benguerir (~50 km due north of Marrakech, Morocco) by local people on 2004 November 22nd at ~11:45 GMT. The fall had an east-to-west trajectory. The estimated total recovered mass is ~25-30 kg. Three stones fell at the following localities: Douar Lfokra (32° 13’ 52.9” N, 8° 8’ 56.7” W), Ahl Fouim Sakhra Lourania (32° 15’ 31.2” N, 8° 10’ 51.9” W) and Douar Tnaja (32° 15’ 43.1” N, 8° 9’ 1.3” W). Two additional stones were also found further west, near Si Abdellah and Tnine Bouchane. A stone weighing ~4 kg, possibly recovered at Douar Tnaja, shows dull black fusion crust and regmaglypts on one side, and it is presently held at the office of the Govenor of the Kelaa Sraghna Province. Another stone weighing ~1.2 kg, possibly from Douar Lfokra, is kept in the laboratory of the Gendarmerie Royale. Mineralogy and classification (Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane, Université Hassan II Aïn Chock, Faculté des Sciences, Département de Géologie, BP 5366 Maârif Casablanca Morocco, Albert Jambon, UPVI, Michèle Bourot Denise, MNHNP): LL6, Fa29±1 Fs25±1, S3, W0. Specimens: type specimens, ~340 g, Université Hassan II Aïn Chock, Faculté des Sciences, Département de Géologie, BP 5366 Maârif Casablanca Morocco and 46 g, NAU* [Ed: the latter was reported lost 20 Jun 2024]; main mass, Oakes. Some other pieces are in the Moroccan CNRST (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique et Technique).

Data from:
  Table 1
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Date:22 Nov 2004
Latitude:~32°15' N
Longitude:~8°09' W
Mass (g):25-30 kg
Shock stage:S3/4
Weathering grade:W0
Fayalite (mol%):29±1
Ferrosilite (mol%):25±1
Type spec mass (g):~350
   and collections
MNHNP: Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, IMPMC-CP52, 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France, France; Website (institutional address)
NAU*: Collection discontinued. Specimens redistributed as shown in individual meteorite records, United States (institutional address; updated 24 Jun 2024)
UPVI: Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI),Case 110, 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France (institutional address; updated 5 Oct 2014)
CNRST: Centre National de Recherche Scientifique et Technique, Rabat, Morocco (institutional address)
Oakes: Nelson Oakes, Route 1, House 50C, Uniondale, PA 18470, United States; Website (private address)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 89, MAPS 40, A201-A263 (2005)
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     This is the only approved meteorite from Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco
     This is 1 of 2118 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 32 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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