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Sariçiçek					Location 38 54.10'N, 40 36.01'E  
(was named as Bingol meteorite as provisional name)

Turkey  

Fell: September 2, 2015 
Achondrite Howardite
The newest recent fall in Turkey!
Village Saricicek, Bingol, Turkey.

History: (O. Unsalan, UIst; P. Jenniskens, SETI): A bright bolide was seen and heard in Bingol province, Turkey, 
and recorded on several video security cameras on 2015 Sept 2 at 20:10:30 UT. Shortly after the fireball, small meteorites 
were heard raining down on houses in the village of Saricicek. The next morning, people found pea-sized meteorites on the street 
and in yards. Tugce Ozduman of the police in Bingol supplied the first video data from traffic cameras in Bitlis, a neighboring city. 
Dedicated searches were done by Iskender Demirkol, Ibrahim Yasin Erdogan, Ayd?n Sukru Bengu and Vedat Avci of Bingol University. 
The 27 g meteorite analyzed here was found by Mehmet Nezir Ergun of Saricicek the morning of September 4.
Physical characteristics: (O. Unsalan, UIst; P. Jenniskens, SETI): The meteorite is fully crusted and has a shiny, light-brown crust. 
The shape is irregular and rounded, indicative of high altitude fragmentation and ongoing breakup until just before deceleration.
Petrography: (M. Zolensky, JSC): Petrographically heterogeneous rock consisting of lithic and mineral clasts in a fine-grained matrix 
of crushed material. The matrix consists of high-Ca pyroxene (probably clinopyroxene) from the eucritic component, low-Ca pyroxene 
(probably orthopyroxene) from the diogenitic component, plagioclase, silica, kamacite, troilite, chromite, ilmenite and rare olivine. 
Clino- and orthopyroxene are present in approximately equal amounts. Single mineral grains and clasts of orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, 
plagioclase, and rare olivine, all to a maximum size of 1 mm. Crystals of clinopyroxene frequently contain exsolution lamellae 
of orthopyroxene, in which both phases can contain oriented chromite inclusions. Three types of rock clasts are distinguished: 
(1) Clasts consisting plagioclase and silica, the former containing inclusions of chromite and ilmenite, and the latter containing 
blebs of troilite; (2) clasts consisting of an intergrowth of plagioclase and silica, with both phases hosting large blebs of troilite; 
(3) ophitic to subophitic basalt clasts consisting of an intergrowth of plagioclase laths and zoned clinopyroxene, in some cases with 
troilite blebs situated along the boundaries of the plagioclase crystal laths. Eucritic material appears to be more abundant than 
the diogenitic component. Single mineral grains and clasts show different degrees of shock deformation, including irregular fractures 
and folded pyroxene lamellae, and a significant fraction of the finest grained matrix appears to be poorly crystalline. 
Near the fusion crust melted troilite has been injected into cracks in silicates.
Geochemistry: (M. Zolensky, JSC): The matrix consists of high-Ca pyroxene (probably clinopyroxene) Fs5018Wo2620, FeO/MnO= 21.0-45.9, 
N=29, from the eucritic component, low-Ca pyroxene (probably orthopyroxene) with Fs286Wo21, FeO/MnO = 31.1-36.7, n=23 
from the diogenitic component and Fs5319Wo33; plagioclase, An83.5-89.6Or0.2-4.0; olivine, Fa18-21, FeO/MnO= 30.1-43.1, 
average Fa80, PMD=1.6%, N=4. Single mineral grains and clasts: orthopyroxene, Fs22-70Wo1-2; clinopyroxene, Fs28-60Wo6-36, 
some compositionally zoned; plagioclase, An85.5-89.6Or0.2-0.6; olivine, Fa21. Basaltic clasts: plagioclase, An85Or1; 
clinopyroxene, Fs33-55Wo6-12.
Classification (M. Zolensky, JSC): Howardite

Our team was on the place and found few stones. Mainly we bought from locals that searched the area.
Some of the stones are complete individuals full crusted, but mainly they are more or less broken, 
showing different achondritic interior. Very fresh, glassy fusion crust.
There are many different types of stones that fell near Bingol. Some are classic individuals complete and 
broken ones with black glassy fusion crust. Some are very nice oriented individuals.

Available samples
Fragment with about 60% crust, 0.88 grams, sold
Oriented individual, 1.45 grams, sold
Fragment without crust, 1.9 grams, sold
Fragment without crust, 2.0 grams, sold
Excellent oriented individual, 2.29 grams, sold
SUPERB individual, 2.33 grams, $ 190 sold
SUPERB oriented individual, 2.4 grams, sold
Fragment without crust, 2.6 grams, sold
SUPERB oriented individual, 2.63 grams, sold
Very nice oriented individual, 2.93 grams, sold
Very nice oriented individual with small damage, 4.2 grams, sold
BEST !!! SUPERB oriented individual, 4.22 grams, sold
Very nice individual with small damage, 4.4 grams, sold
SUPERB oriented individual, 5.0 grams, sold
Fragment with about 60% crust, 5.3 grams, sold
Oriented bit broken individual, 5.5 grams, sold
Excellent oriented individual, 6.05 grams, sold
SUPERB oriented individual, 6.4 grams, sold
SUPERB oriented individual, 6.63 grams, sold
Oriented bit broken individual, 7.9 grams, sold
Oriented bit broken individual, 8.1 grams, $ 446
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SUPERB oriented individual, 8.22 grams, sold
Very nice individual with small damage, 8.4 grams, sold
Excellent individual with white inclusion, 8.44 grams, sold
Fragment with about 50% crust, 8.91 grams, sold
Excellent oriented individual, 11.16 grams, sold
Nice oriented individual with small damage, 11.32 grams, $ 623
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Excellent individual, 12.6 grams, $ 693
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Excellent oriented individual with small damage, 13.3 grams, $ 800
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Excellent individual with 60% secondary crust, 13.92 grams, sold
Excellent coplete individual, 18.9 grams, sold
Excellent oriented individual with small damage, 22.6 grams, $ 1220
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