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Gao-Guenie (Burkina Faso, Western Africa) H5 (stone) Fell 5th March 1960

This meteorite fall was witnessed by the inhabitants of Gao, a village of Burkina Faso in Western Africa. The first 16 pieces to be recovered, had actually fallen through the roofs of people's huts! These stones were originally thought to be from TWO different meteorite falls within the same area - Gao (Upper Volta) and Guenie (Upper Volta), however, due to the petrographic similarities of each stone type, the close proximity of the strewn fields and the close fall dates (March & April), it is now believed that the Gao and Guenie stones are from the same, single fall of stony meteorites. During 1998, the nomenclature committee merged these 2 names into one - Gao-Guenie.


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