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ESNANDES Chondrite Meteorite French Historic Fall From 1837


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ESNANDES L6 Chondrite Meteorite French Historic Fall From 1837. Fell August. 1.28g part slice. Provenance from John Schooler.


Info from the Meteorite Bulletin

Basic informationName: Esnandes
This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes
Year fell: 1837
Country: France
Mass:help 1500 g
NHM Catalogue:5th Edition  (2000)H6
MetBase:v. 7.1  (2006)L6
Recommended:  L6    [explanation]

This is 1 of 12195 approved meteorites (plus 7 unapproved names) classified as L6.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondritesL chondrites (type 4-7)Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)

Comments:Revised 4 Jan 2020: Added fall info

Writeup from MB online:

History (P.-M. Pelé, A meteorite fell in August 1837 at Esnandes. The exact date is not known and no article in the local press at that time can be found. The finder was a peasant, who saw the meteorite fall, and said he burned his hands while trying to pick up the stone. He also claimed to have “experienced a strong electric shock.” The stone weighed 1.5 kg and broke on impact. Fragments were sent to the Natural History Cabinet of Bordeaux and then to the Institut de France in Paris.
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References:Never published in the Meteoritical Bulletin

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Photos from the Encyclopedia of Meteorites:
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Michael Cottingham
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     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (46° 15’N, 1° 6’W)
     Recommended::   (46° 15’N, 1° 6’W)

This is 1 of 5 approved meteorites from Poitou-Charentes, France
This is 1 of 77 approved meteorites from France (plus 12 unapproved names) (plus 1 impact crater)