Meteorite Bur-Abor donated to Field Museum

Sat, 06/26/2010 - 09:39 -- admin

On May 18, Chicagoan Mohamud Esmail donated 140 g of the Bur-Abor iron meteorite (IIIAB) to The Field Museum’s Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies. The Meteoritical Bulletin reports that several dozen fragments of this meteorite were found in 1997 by a family in northeast Kenya after they heard an explosion and saw a cloud of dust. Nearby banana trees were broken, and some contained embedded metal shards. However, the recovered iron meteorite is too weathered to be consistent with a recent date of fall.