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Ovambo
Basic information Name: Ovambo
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1900
Country: Namibia
Mass:help 121.5 g
Classification
  history:
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 53  (1975)  L6
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  L6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  L6
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 11330 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 53:
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FALL OF THE OVAMBO, SOUTH WEST AFRICA, STONY METEORITE

Name: OVAMBO

Place of fall: Near the Finnish mission station, Amboland,

Ovambo, South West Africa. Approximately 18°S, 16°E.

Date of fall: Around 1900.

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

Number of individual specimens: Not known.

Total weight: Not known; 56 g preserved.

Circumstances of fall: Not known. Dr. H. B. Wiik found the material in Professor Walter Wahl's collection after his death. The available information indicates that after the fall a Canadian geologist or prospector found one stone in the possession of the natives; they permitted him to break a piece off but would not allow him to take the main mass. The Canadian gave a piece to the Finnish missionaries, and it passed through a number of hands before eventually reaching Professor Wahl in Helsinki. Source: Dr. H. B. Wiik, Otnas, Finland.

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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 53, Meteoritics 10, 133-158 (1975)
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Geography:

Namibia
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (18°S, 16°E)
     Recommended::   (18°S, 16°E)

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     This is 1 of 2 approved meteorites from Owambo, Namibia
     This is 1 of 18 approved meteorites from Namibia (plus 1 impact crater)
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