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Oum Dreyga Meteorite | 4.9 Grams | Crusted Individual | H3-5 | Premium Observed Fall | Amgala SO24

This is an incredibly fresh piece of the Oum Dreyga meteorite that fell in Western Sahara the 16 October 2003. This rare highly collectable H3-5 chondrite (S4 W0) is characterized by its beautiful fusion crust and is 1 of only 52 approved meteorites classified as such. The total weight is registered at 17 Kilograms and this nice piece is 4.9 grams with dimensions of 17x15x12 mm.

From the Hupé Collection : "Amgala (Oum Dreyga) 4.9 gram individual with 99% crust that fell on October 16th, 2003 at around 2:00 a.m. from Amgala to Oum Dreyga, Western Sahara region below Morocco and next to Mauritania.  It has been classified as an H3-5 with a shock rating of 4 and a weathering level of 0. Reports of this fall had been coming in for about a month before any material made it to a source that could recognize it as a fresh fall.   Our sources sent us some samples and we could see that they were W0 (no weathering) so we dispatched them to check it out and get witness statements.  We also told them to bring samples of fresh meteorites to show soldiers in the area so they could look for them while they were on their rounds.  Not long afterwards the soldiers were finding them with magnets that were distributed by the Moroccan half of Team LunarRock.  Unfortunately, the soldiers drifted into another strewn-field where W2 black chondrites where being found.  This caused problems with the strewn-field data and TKW at first.  Once the black chondrites were separated from the rest a clearer picture came into view.   Six trips were made to the area over the past three months, the last one two weeks ago.  The last trip produced only a couple of hundred grams so meteorites from this new fall are becoming harder to find.  We have one more load on the way consisting of about 1,100 grams representing over a month of searching.  One more trip to Amgala is planned and if it does not produce much that will be it for us.  We should have a pretty accurate TKW by then but it looks to be less than 12 Kilograms at this point.  It was originally estimated to be 15 Kilograms because of the black chondites being mixed in.  This new fall is in classification and looks to be a brecciated H chondrite with possible halite crystal.  The crust is jet black with some brownish tones due to temperature variations during the ablation process. Some other oddities are being found speaking from a petrologic standpoint.  We should know more in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned."

This piece displays very well showing crust all over. Would make an amazing addition to any collection. Comes with a Canagem Collection and a The Hupé Collection Specimen cards.

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