Where in Poland did meteorites fall?

On the map local polish names are used for some meteorites, see the table below to check official names.
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meteoryt: Lowicz meteoryt: Pultusk meteoryt: Bialystok meteoryt: Morasko meteoryt: Gnadenfrei meteoryt: Grzempy meteoryt: Wilkanowko meteoryt: Skalin meteoryt: Dabrowa Luzycka meteoryt: Ratyn meteoryt: Swidnica Gorna meteoryt: Przelazy meteoryt: Krzadka meteoryt: Swiecie meteoryt: Sulechow meteoryt: Baszkowka meteoryt: Zaklodzie

No.Name of meteoriteTKWNo.Name of meteoriteTKW
2Pultusk~30011Swidnica Gorna?
3Bialystok?12Seeläsgen (polish name: Przelazy)~102
5Gnadenfrei (polish name: Pilawa Gorna)~1.7514Schwetz (polish name: Swiecie)~21.5
6Grzempach (polish name: Grzempy)0.6915Sulechow?
7Grüneberg (polish name: Wilkanowko)~116Baszkowka15.6
8Schellin (polish name: Skalin)1017Zaklodzie8.68
9Dabrowa Luzycka?18-----------

TKW - total known weight [kg]

Lowicz, mesosiderite

On the night from 11 th to 12 th march 1935 stony-iron meteorite rain fall on several villages near to Lowicz. The first specimen found had over 20 cm diameter and waighted over 10 kg. It fell in Krepa, a small village southern to Lowicz, where the biggest fragments were found. A bit smaller ones fell in Reczyca and Wrzeczko, however, the smallests - in Lagow and Seligow. All specimens were covered with fusion crust. All together 60 pieces were collected with total known waight of 60 kg. Lowicz is stony-iron meteorite so called mesosiderites. (Andrzej S. Pilski)

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Pultusk, olivine-bronzite chondrite H5

January 30th 1868 around 7:00 p.m. local time, a ball of fire brighter than moon in its first quarter appeared over Warsaw. Passing through the sky from west to the east with white tail behind it. Residents of Pultusk - small town about 60 km from Warsaw; could see the fireball become greater and shinier when at last the sound of huge protracted explosion filled the air, followed by sound reminding gunfire. Residents of Rowy - small village near Pultusk; could even hear the whistle of stones flaying through the air and sound when they hit ground or ice on the river. Next morning few thousands of black stones were found, but the total number of stones fallen is estimated as 70 thousand. This event was the greatest stony - so called chondrite; meteor shower in history, with strewnfield covering elliptic area about 115 km2. (Andrzej S. Pilski)

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Bialystok, howardite

October 5th 1827 short before noon residents of Fasty - small village near Bialystok; heard a huge explosion, followed by sound reminding gunfire. Next moment stones whistling through the air had hit the ground causing clouds of dust raise towards the sky. After a while black stones where to be seen, laying on the ground. Although many of them fall in nearby swamps and river Suprasl, there still where some collected. Nowadays not many specimens are left (mainly in foreign collections). In Poland only few pieces are kept (Museum of Earth in Warsaw) with altogether mass of 4g. Bialystok is stone meteorite, so called achondrite - howardite similar to earth volcanic stones, like basalt. However, howardites mostly have bright grey colour and are frailer. It is believed that meteorites of same type as Bialystok come from planetoid Westa. When hitting other planetoid or its fragments many pieces of rocks are thrown from Westa surface into outer space. Sometimes some of those reach Earth. (Andrzej S. Pilski)

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Morasko, coarse octahedrite IA (least grouped as IIICD)
In year 1914 in Morasko - a small village near Poznan; during built of defensive structures big piece of metal was found in the ground. It was identified as meteorite with weight of 77,5kg. While been covered with rust it probably had regmaglipts characteristic for meteorites that made identification possible. More specimens were found in 1936, 1956, 1992, 1995 and 2000. This means that meteorite shower fall near Morasko, however, the exact date of event remains unknown. After closet investigations the meteorite appeared to be iron type so called octahedrite. It mainly consists of ifon cristals with 7% nickel. Scientists assume that that meteorite comes from small planetoides that didn't melt completely but in only some areas and for short time. Therefore their metal is trashed with other components like... (Andrzej S. Pilski)

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Grzempach (polish name: Grzempy), olivine-bronzite chondrite.

September, 3th 1901 is most probable date of fall. Around 15:00 in village Grzempy, approximately 9km from town Czarnkow near Poznan, local farmer witnessed a ball of fire falling to the ground. Cutting few brunches from nearby tree it hit the ground with thunder like sound. Farmer managed to extract fist size meteorite from the ground. With weight of 690g the stone was so hot that it was impossible to hold it in the hand. Specimen was covered with ash and it was obvious that it collapsed during its flight trough the atmosphere or wen hitting the ground. But no other pieces were found. Currently meteorite can be seen in PAN collection in Warsaw. Grzempach is stony meteorite so called olivine-bronzite chondrite. ("Meteoryty Polski" - Jerzy Pokrzywnicki)

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