METEORITES PAGE 6
Updated 3 December 2016
DAULE, Ecuador - Witnessed Fall
The Meteoritical Bulletin states "People in Daule and the surrounding region heard a series of loud detonations and, moments later, two stones were seen to fall. A single stone fell outside a home next to the Daule river, Guyas, Ecuador. The homeowner was less than 5 meters from the stone which penetrated nearly 1 meter into the mud and bounced out, landing on the surface. He picked up the stone moments later. Another stone was reported to have impacted in a flooded rice paddy and sent a fountain of water several meters into the air; this stone has not been recovered." This meteorite landed about 9:00 am on 23 March 2008 and the homeowner hid the stone in his house until it was rescued by Hans Koser and Mike Farmer. Most of this meteorite has been dispersed to museums and collections; therefore, not much is available in the marketplace. Even though it has been classified as an L5 chondrite, there is a nice mix of metal in every partial slice. The crust on this meteorite is very thin and irregular on the edges.
Additional information: There were 3 stones seen to fall; 2 were recovered quickly after the fall. The 3rd stone landed in about 1.5 meters of water in a rice paddy but has not been recovered. One stone of ~5 kg was taken by the police and sent to Quito for study and, most likely, will never be released. The 2nd stone of ~6.5 kg is the one hidden by the finder for approximately 18 months until Hans and Mike acquired it. Less than 1.5 kg are available to the collector,
Daule is the only known meteorite from Ecuador - and a witnessed fall!!!
DIEP RIVER, South Africa - Witnessed Fall