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The Carancas meteorite violently exploded when it made landfall just south of Lake Titicaca on September 15, 2007. It is one of three historically witnessed crater-forming events along with Sikhote-Alin and Sterlitamak; of the three, Carancas is the only stony meteorite.
I obtained the following photographs from a public German forum; based on the content of some of the photos, I believe they were taken by T. Kenkmann, N. A. Artemieva, K Wunnemann, M. H. Poelchau, D. Elbeshausen, and/or H. Nunez del Prado. If anyone has a copyright issue with my using them, please let me know.
From MAPS Vol. 44, No. 7. (I'd consider getting a subscription if you don't already have one -- a lot of the papers are very technical, but there's always accessible information: see below.)
As a studying geologist, I would like to point out that the above paper is awesome. It's worth trying to get the back issue of MAPS if you're interested in such things.
I don't know what the total weight of the recovered fragments is, but, according to a variety of sources, it's somewhere between five and ten kilograms. To my knowledge, the biggest single piece still intact currently weighs ~345 grams, but the majority of the material was recovered with magnets in the form of tiny fragments and dust.
These pieces come directly from a Bolivian mineral-dealer who visited the site shortly after the fall.
The above fragment is another fresh recovery replete with local soil and a few patches of black sheared surface.
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A fresh, blocky fragment with some great exposed chondrules.
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