‘Forrest’ (18 November 2019) and ‘Madura Cave’ (19 June 2020) – Meteorites of two falls found on the Nullarbor Plain, Western Australia

Curtin University press release (30 July 2020)

The Desert Fireball Network (30 July 2020)

The ~ 300-gram Forrest (prov.) meteorite (most likely an ordinary chondrite) which fell northwest of Forrest Airport on 18 November 2019 was found in the second half of July 2020 after about four hours of searching. Photo: Raiza Quintero

The ~ 300-gram ‘Forrest‘ (prov.) meteorite (most likely an ordinary chondrite) with a network of contraction cracks in its fusion crust in situ. Photo: Raiza Quintero

The ‘Forrest’ (prov.) meteorite in situ. Photo: DFN/Curtin University

Dr Martin Towner (head of DFN field operations) and PhD and masters students Seamus Anderson, Francesca Cary, Morgan Cox, Ken Orr and Raiza Quintero at the ‘Forrest’ (prov.) fall site in July 2020. Photo: DFN

This photo shows the ‘Forrest’ bolide on 18 November 2019 recorded by a DFN camera. Photo: DFN

The 1.1-kilogram ‘Madura Cave’ (prov.) meteorite of a fall on 19 June 2020 found only twenty days after its fall at a location south of the Eyre Highway on an old telegraph track near Madura Cave. It was found rather by accident by astronomer Dr Hadrien Devillepoix and planetary geologist Dr Anthony Lagain after only two hours during a recon mission to assess the latest calculated fall area near Madura. Photo: Hadrien Devillepoix

Curtin University’s Dr Hadrien Devillepoix pointing to the 1.1-kilogram ‘Madura Cave’ (prov.) meteorite found on an old telegraph track near Madura Cave in southeast Western Australia on or around 9 July 2020. Photo: Curtin University

Hadrien Devillepoix bagging the ‘Madura Cave’ (prov.) meteorite next to its impact pit on/around 9 July 2020. Photo: Anthony Lagain

The ‘Madura Cave’ (prov.) meteorite (most likely an ordinary chondrite) in front of a model of a DFN camera. Photo: 9News Perth

The regmaglypted ‘Madura Cave’ (prov.) meteorite. Photo: Cyndi Lavrencic

The ‘Madura Cave’ bolide captured by a camera of the Desert Fireball Network on 19 June 2020. Photo: DFN

Close-up of the ‘Madura Cave’ bolide’s luminous trail with at least two flares on 19 June 2020.

The fall areas near Madura Cave and Forrest Airport, about 200 km apart.


Two Meteorites in Two Weeks! (DFN, 30 July 2020)

Dr Hadrien Devillepoix, Dr Eleanor (Ellie) Sansom, Dr Anthony Lagain discuss the finds. Video: Curtin University

ABC News (30 July 2020)

News report ( 9 News Perth, 30 July 2020)

News report ( 9 News Perth, 30 July 2020)