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Basic information Name: Taghzout
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes, probable fall
Year of probable fall: 2021
Country: Morocco
Mass:help 2.1 kg
Recommended:  H5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 11806 approved meteorites (plus 23 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 17 May 2024
Writeup from MB 113:

Taghzout        34.75747°N, 4.53755°W

Centre-North, Morocco

Probable fall: 2021 Aug 6

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (H5)

History: (H. Chennaoui Aoudjehane, FSAC, ATTARIK Foundation, Morocco, Adrien Devillepoix Perth University, Australia) On August 6, 2021, 21h12 UTC a bright fireball was detected by many people in the northern part of Morocco, moving SE to NW towards the Rif Mountains chain in the north of Morocco. The fireball was detected by the Moroccan camera network MOFID Moroccan Observatory for Fireball Detection belonging to the GFN (Global Fireball Network Perth University). It was also reported by the Spanish Southwestern Europe Meteor Network from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, and this bolide was recorded by several cameras from Spain in the framework of the SMART survey led by Prof Jose M. Madiedo. It was also pictured by a private astronomer in Puerto de las Palomas Cadiz Spain, the information was given by Josep Trigo Rodrigues. Triangulation allowed to estimate the area of the fall site in the Rif mountains. The fall area is cover by vegetation and trees and very craggy. The meteorite fall was mentioned in the TV news to inform people about it. A few weeks after, one piece was found in the Rif mountains, close to a tree. There was some rainfall before the sample was found, and metal is a little bit oxidized.

Physical characteristics: (H. Chennaoui Aoudjehane, FSAC) A single piece totally covered by matte fusion crust. A corner of the meteorite was broken showing the interior. Many mm-sized dark chondrules were visible. Metal is present as sub-mm grains, some rusted.

Petrography: (H. Chennaoui Aoudjehane, FSAC, A. Ross and C. Agee, UNM) Abundant chondrules up to 1.5 mm size, with visible but outlines are not well-defined. Chondrules and matrix are dominantly olivine and orthopyroxene. There are tiny possible plagioclases, phosphate (merrillite, with Mg and Na), Cl-apatite, troilite, kamacite, taenite, and numerous grains of chromite (with Al).

Geochemistry: (A. Ross, UNM) Olivine Fa19.9±0.2 FeO/MgO=39±2 n=12, Orthopyroxene Fs16.5±0.3En82.4±0.4Wo1±0.1 FeO/MgO=22±1 n=6; Plagioclase is Ab85±1.1An10±1.4Or4.9±2.4 n=3. . Magnetic susceptibility log χ (× 10-9 m3/kg) = 5.2.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite H5, S3, W1

Specimens: One piece of 2067.5 g in a private collection, Casablanca Morocco; two broken pieces of 15 g and 14.2 g, FSAC, <1 g at UNM

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Origin or pseudonym:Taghzout, Rif Mountains
Date:2021 Aug 6
Mass (g):2096.7
Shock stage:S3
Weathering grade:W1
Fayalite (mol%):19.9±0.2
Ferrosilite (mol%):16.5±0.3
Wollastonite (mol%):1±0.1
Magnetic suscept.:5.2
Classifier:H. Chennaoui Aoudjehane, FSAC, C. Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):29.2
Type spec location:FSAC, UNM
Main mass:Private collector
Comments:Submitted by 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)
UNM: Institute of Meteoritics MSC03 2050 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-1126 USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2015)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 113, in preparation (2024)
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Hasnaa Chennaoui   

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     This is the only approved meteorite from Centre-North, Morocco
     This is 1 of 2094 approved meteorites from Morocco (plus 32 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)
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