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Basic information Name: Izarzar
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes, probable fall
Year of probable fall: 2012
Country: Morocco
Mass:help 79 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 104  (2015)  H5
Recommended:  H5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 10254 approved meteorites (plus 18 unapproved names) classified as H5.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 19 Dec 2015
Writeup from MB 104:

Izarzar        30°08.33’N, 07°57.75’W

South, Morocco

Probable fall: 2012 Oct 23

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H5)

History: (H. Chennaoui, FSAC). On 23 October 2012 at 00:30 GMT, people from the cities of Tata, Ighrem, Taghmout, and Faddouks in southern Morocco witnessed a large fireball illuminating the night sky. They saw the meteor fragmentation. Inhabitants from Izarzar and Beni Yacoub village reported to have been awaken by a thunder-like blast followed by a tremor. The fall was also reported by newspapers. A number of local hunters proceeded to the fall area and the first piece was discovered on October 30, broken apart after landing on rocks on Azaghzaf mountain, about 6 km SW of Izarzar. The first discovery was made by Mohamed Azeroual. Very few pieces have been reported. This fall is also known as "Beni Yacoub". The concordance between the testimonies on the place of the fall and the real find of pieces in this area are consistant with the fact that this meteorite corresponds to the eyewitnessed fall. When the rock was found, powder of the meteorite was still adhering to the rock with which it collided.

Physical characteristics: Stones covered with a dull-gray fusion crust, except where they hit the ground.

Petrography: (A. Jambon, O. Boudouma, D. Badia UPVI; H. Chennaoui-Aoudjehane FSAC). Equilibrated texture, chondrules 0.1 to 1 mm. Large olivine phenocrysts, low-Ca microcrysts surrounded by a thin rim of diopside. Interstitial sodic plagioclase. Abundant mm-sized metal patches (mostly kamacite with subsidiary taenite). Minor merrillite, chromite, and troilite.

Geochemistry: Olivine: Fa18±0.3 (N=22); Low calcium pyroxene Fs16±0.4Wo0.9±0.2 (N=8).

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H5).

Specimens: 18.9 g and one thin section at FSAC.

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Origin or pseudonym:Mountain
Date:2012 Oct 23
Mass (g):79
Shock stage:moderate
Weathering grade:W0
Fayalite (mol%):18±0.3 (n=22)
Ferrosilite (mol%):16±0.4 (n=8)
Wollastonite (mol%):0.9±0.2
Magnetic suscept.:5.15
Classifier:A. Jambon, UPVI; H. Chennaoui-Aoudjehane, FSAC
Type spec mass (g):18.9
Type spec location:FSAC
Main mass:Svend Buhl
Finder:Ahmed Ouferra, Mohamed Azeroual
Comments:Submitted by A. Jambon, H. Chennaoui Aoudjehane
   and collections
FSAC: Universite Hassan II Casablanca, Faculte des Sciences Ain Chock, Departement de Géologie, BP 5366 Maârif, Casablanca, Morocco (institutional address; updated 9 Jan 2013)
UPVI: Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI),Case 110, 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France (institutional address; updated 5 Oct 2014)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 104, MAPS 52, 2284, Octover 2017, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.12930/full
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     Recommended::   (30° 8' 20"N, 7° 57' 45"W)

     This is 1 of 18 approved meteorites from South, Morocco
     This is 1 of 1611 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 22 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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Synonymshelp: Beni Yacoub (In description of meteorite)

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