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Fell 2004, November 22, ~11:45 GMT
Ordinary chondrite (LL6)
A meteorite shower was witnessed to fall near Benguerir (~50 km due north of Marrakesh, Morocco) by local people on 2004 November 22nd at ~11:45 GMT. The fall had an east-to-west trajectory. The estimated total recovered mass is ~25-30 kg. Three stones fell at the following localities: Douar Lfokra (32 13' 52.9" N, 8 8' 56.7" W), Ahl Fouim Sakhra Lourania (32 15' 31.2" N, 8 10' 51.9" W) and Douar Tnaja (32 15' 43.1" N, 8 9' 1.3" W). Two additional stones were also found further west, near Si Abdellah and Tnine Bouchane. A stone weighing ~4 kg, possibly recovered at Douar Tnaja, shows dull black fusion crust and regmaglypts on one side, and it is presently held at the office of the Govenor of the Kelaa Sraghna Province. Another stone weighing ~1.2 kg, possibly from Douar Lfokra, is kept in the laboratory of the Gendarmerie Royale.

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This fall was witnessed by a number of locals and the thunderous explosions were heard by countless others in the general vicinity. According to one news report, some of the locals were convinced that the Benguerir meteorite pieces possessed magical properties. Soon after the fall, the royal police were ordered to confiscate the meteorite specimens from the finders although some of these pieces were hidden from the authorities. Government officials and researchers in Morocco hold a significant amount of this material.
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The Benguerir (LL6) meteorite fell in Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco, on the 22nd November 2004.
A total mass of 25 kg was recovered.

32 15'N, 8 9'W



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