‘Lieksa’ (prov.) meteorites (IAB) ?

Last update: 7 July 2018

Finnish Geologian tutkimuskeskus (GTK) announced the finding of a 238.3-gram iron meteorite (possibly IAB-ung. or IAB (not official), 66 x 60 x 30 mm) by Pekka Vallimies on 30 May 2017 while looking for mushrooms (Gyromitra esculenta) in Löpönvaara, ~10 km NNE of Lieksa, North Karelia, Finnland. The meteorite has been analysed by Kari A. Kinnunen from the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). Information have been submitted to the Nomenclature Committee of the Meteoritical Society and the name ‘Lieksa’ (prov.) has been requested.

At the end of September 2017 Jarmo Moilanen and Pekka Kokko found two other specimens:

Lieksa 2:
two pieces of one specimen, 33.6 g + 3.7 g = 37.3 g, 33mm, found by Jarmo Moilanen on 23 September 2017

Lieksa 3: 94 grams, 49mm, found by Pekka Kokko on 23 September 2017

The meteorites were found about a hundred yards apart from each other and apparently about one mile from the first find. They were found with metal detectors about 5 cm deep in the soil. On 30 May 2018 the Museum of Natural History in Kumpula received the first Lieksa meteorite (6.6 cm, 238 grams) for its collection. The meteorite is exhibited within the meteorite collection inside the Kumpula Manor.

GTK Press Release (7 September 2017)

Geo löytäjä
Geologian tutkimuskeskuksen uutislehti kiviharrastajille, 1 – 2017


‘Lieksa’ (prov.)

Näin Lieksan löytö varmistui GTK:lla rautameteoriitiksi (PDF)

Lieksa 1

Lieksa 2 and 3

Lieksa 2 a,b (left) and 3 (right), uncleaned. Photo: Jarmo Moilanen

Lieksa 2. Photo: Jarmo Moilanen

Lieksa 3. Photo: Jarmo Moilanen