- Meteorite Type: Stone (H5)
- Weight: 20.4 grams
- Approximate Measurements: 30 mm x 24 mm x 17 mm
- Witnessed Fall: Yes, Burkina Faso, March 5, 1960
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A large number of stone fell from the sky on March 5, 1960 over the African nations of Burkina Faso (previously the Republic or Upper Volat) and the resulting thunderous sound was heard over 100 kilometers away! Many pieces were later found by farmers working in their fields. Originally named Gao, its was later determined by scientists to be identical to another African meteorite, Genie, and the two names were fused into one. This lovely meteorite is one of the best examples of a chondrite. Specimens show fusion crust and an attractive ochre-patina. Many also show classic features of orientation, including rollover lips.