Sunday, 10 January 2016

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia | Метеориты Гибеона в Намибии

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Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

The Gibeon meteorite shower is the most extensive meteorite shower known on Earth which covers a large elliptical area of some 275 by 100 kilometers centered on Brukkaros south of Mariental. Most fragments fell just southeast of Gibeon. To date, some 120 specimens with a weight of almost 25 tons have been recorded. In addition an unknown number have been collected but never recorded.
Small pieces of metal were collected by James Alexander in 1838 at a place about three days journey northeast of the mission at Bethany. He described the pieces as being up to two feet square, and sent some materials to the chemist John Herschel in London, who established their meteoritic origin. However, it is well known that the local Nama people had been using the meteorites for a long time to produce spear points and other weapons.

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia

Gibeon meteorite shower in Namibia
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