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Bojiyare 1°27.26’N, 39°54.37’E
Find: 3 Aug 2018
Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5)
History: Multiple stones were found on August 3, 2018, by AbdiNasir Gulleid. He found this in the village of Bojiyare, Kenya, while on his way to do maintenance work on a communication mast nearby. Mahamed Nur Ogle contacted Cascadia via email, with information about numbers of pieces and masses. Images with weights for eleven pieces totaling 102 kg were sent to Cascadia. The largest of these pieces is 56.4 kg. According to the information sent, the imaged and weighed samples represent a small portion of the total find, most of which (approximately 300 kg) are in storage near the find location, suggesting a total mass of about 400 kg. The terrain is described as arid/desert with red soil.
Physical characteristics: Exterior has remnant patches of weathered fusion crust. Broken exterior surface has patches of caliche and reddish brown soil. Interior is brownish gray, with paler indistinct chondrules and abundant metal and sulfide visible.
Petrography: (M. Hutson, A. Ruzicka, Cascadia) In thin section, chondrules are easily recognizable. Feldspathic material is generally less than 20 μm across and contains crystallites of pyroxene and chromite. Metal and sulfide are intergrown in a fine-grained mixture sometimes described as a “fizz texture” or “mosaic texture”.
Geochemistry: Mineral compositions and geochemistry: Olivine (Fa25.8±0.4, N=21), low-Ca pyroxene (Fs21.7±0.4Wo1.4±0.4, N=15).
Classification: L5 based on iron contents in olivine and, and size of feldspathic material.
Specimens: Cascadia holds 160 g in four pieces, in addition to a polished thin section and a mounted butt. Abdullahi Bashir Maalim holds the main mass in Wajir, Kenya.