Sericho 1°5’41.16"N, 39°6’8.30"E
Size: 56.6 cm * 2.8 cm * 0.4 cm
Weight: 12 g
The surface has been polished and protected with coating.
History: In 2016, two brothers were searching for their camels and came across several large, dense stones, west of the village of Habaswein and south of Sericho, in Kenya. There are no rocks in this area, so they decided they were meteorites. They spent several weeks collecting them with engine hoists and moving them to their homes in Habaswein. Though recognized as meteorites in 2016, the masses had been known to camel-herders for decades. One village elder said that as a child, he and his brothers would play on top of the stones. In early January 2017, Michael Farmer received an e-mail showing a photo of “giant pallasite” weighing 107 kg. He travelled to Nairobi and purchased this stone. Two weeks later he returned to Kenya with Moritz Karl and travelled to Habaswein. Here they were shown more than one ton of specimens stacked in the courtyards of two house compounds. To date, more than 2,800 kg were found.
Geochemistry: (L. Garvie, A. Wittmann, D. Schrader, ASU) Olivine Fa12.3±0.1, FeO/MnO=57.4±5.4, Cr2O3=0.03±0.01, n=15; kamacite Ni=7.1±0.6 wt%, Co=0.81±0.02 wt%, P=0.06±0.02 wt%, n=17; and schreibersite (Fe1.51Ni1.45Co0.01)P, n=3.
- Main Mineral/ Name Meteorite
- Serice Olivine Pallasite
- Mineral Form/ Type Meteorite
- 6.6×2.8×0.4 mm
- 12 g
- Origin (Region/ City)
- Origin (Country)