- Meteorite Type: Stone (H5)
- Weight: 10.9 grams
- Approximate Measurements: 22 mm x 22 mm x 16 mm
- Witnessed Fall: Yes
- Additional Information: Rich black fusion-crusted stone with pyramid shape and tiny chip
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Bassikounou is one of the newer arrivals on earth, from outer space. At approximately 4 am on the morning of October 16, 2006 a shower of stones fell in and around the village of Bassikounou in the southeast corner of Mauritania, near the border with Mali. Many stones, including this one, were picked up very shortly after the fall in a 8 km strewnfield, and as a result the pristine black fusion crust has been perfectly preserved.