Turkmenistan Witness Fall
Item: 107.1 Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 28 mm Weight: 48.8 g
Partial/complete: Fragment
Cube: ~15mm x 15mm x 15mm ≈ 15mm3


Country: Turkmenistan
Region: Dashkhowus Velayat
Fell: 1998, June 20, 17:25 hrs
Group: Stone
Type: Ordinary Chondrite
Class: H5
Total known weight: ~1100kg

A large bolide was observed by people in several villages, and a loud whistling followed by a crashing noise was heard. A large mass impacted 30-50 m from several farmers in a cotton field, creating a 6 m wide, 4 m deep crater. A single stone weighing ~900kg was recovered from the crater, and 1000-1100kg was recovered in total. Reported, with basic data, mineral analysis, and classification, J.N.Grossman, Met. Bull. 83, MAPS, 1999, 34, p.A169. Shock and weathering classification, M.Ivanova, 2000, priv. comm. Noble gas data and track densities, L.L.Kashkarov et al., LPSC, 2000, 31, abs. #1397. Cosmogenic radionuclide data, V.A.Alexeev et al., LPSC, 2001, 32, abs. #1024; see also, LPSC, 2002, 33, abs. #1016. Magnetic susceptibility, P.Rochette et al., MAPS, 2003, 38, p.251.This meteorite is also known by the name Saparmurat Turkmenbashy.