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Linum, Germany: It’s What’s For Breakfast!

Linum, Germany:

It’s What’s For Breakfast!

Linum meteorite

Linum is one of those rare meteorites whose date of fall is within a few years of its TKW in grams.

In this case, the Linum fell in 1854 with a total known weight of 1862 grams.

Mike Bandli has an excellent description of the fall of Linum, translated by Werner Schroer on his website.

Here’s a taste from the story:

Shortly before 8 o’clock, around the time of breakfast, on the 5th of September of the year, I was standing on the digging fields that are located near the meadows of the Wustrau farm.

There were no clouds in the sky, the air was clear, the water was still. I was intrigued by a strange noise; it was as if the windmills of the adjacent digging plant were spinning and I wondered why this could be happening when no wind was around.

Linum meteorite

The amazing crust is so evenly distributed along the edge of my slice that it’s as if the layer of crust was manufactured separately from the stone, then installed after landing.


Linum meteorite

The Linum chondrite fell a full century before the historic-feeling Sylacauga, Alabama meteorite.Well, perhaps Ann Elizabeth Hodges who was on the receiving end of the Sylacauga stone didn’t think it felt quite so historic.


Linum meteorite

For an L6, Linum does have some very nice chondrules including the large, almost perfectly circular spherical cross-section in the upper left of this slice.


Even before the summer solstice, this year has proven itself an exciting one for meteorite aficionados. But that is not reason enough to stop looking backwards for exciting meteorite falls. And there is still a wealth of great stories from the 1800s including that of Linum, Germany.

Until next time….

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About the Author

Dr. Martin Horejsi is a Professor of Instructional Technology and Science Education at The University of Montana. A long-time meteorite collector and writer, before publishing his column The Accretion Desk in The Meteorite Times, he contributed often and wrote the column From The Strewnfields in Meteorite Magazine. Horejsi is currently a monthly columnist in The Science Teacher, a journal by the National Science Teachers Association.Horejsi specializes in the collection and study of historic witnessed fall meteorites with the older, smaller, and rarer the better. Although his meteorite collection once numbered over a thousand pieces with near that many different locations, several large trades and sales have streamlined the collection to about 250 locations with all but 10 being important witnessed falls.Many of the significant specimens in Horejsi's collection are historic witnessed falls that once occupied prominence in the meteorite collections of Robert A. Haag, James Schwade, and Michael Farmer. Other important specimens were acquired through institutional trades including those from The Smithsonian Institution, Arizona State University, and other universities.