Shalka, 0g Fragment

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The Shalka meteorite (or Shaluka) appeared as a fireball in the night sky over the Bankura district in the West Bengal province of India on November 30, 1850. A large stone fell about 80 yards south of a village in a rice field about three hours before sunrise. The fall was witnessed by two persons who described the noise as similar to thunder although peculiar in nature because it was not very loud and did not wake up the inhabitants of the neighboring village of Bhora about a mile distant. Accounts of this fall are scant because record-keeping of this nature was lacking over 150 years ago in colonial India. Between then and now, very little of this meteorite made it into private collections.

Shalka was the second witnessed fall of a diogenite, occurring only 7 years after the first and very small (TKW = 50g) diogenite fall, Manegaon in 1843, also in India.

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