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(medium octahedrite, IIIAB)

Erg du Ténéré, Agadez District, Republic of Niger
Find: November 2015
TKW: 52.5 kg (one mass)
Individual 51 kg

History: Found in November 2015 exposed on the surface by artisanal miners while prospecting for gold between Tehmet and Djado in the Tènéré Tafassasset. Click here for full find documention and report of associated masses.

Physical characteristics: The 52 kg mass is 39 × 25 × 18 cm and has the shape of a longitudinally split cone with the cone section showing minor concavity while the opposite surface is distinctly convex. Numerous regmaglypts measuring 1-3 cm across and 1-1.5 cm deep are present, and at least one troilite inclusion is observed. The specimen is coated with a thick layer of dark brown desert varnish.

Petrography: Polished sections display a well-developed Widmannstätten pattern of a medium octahedrite with a mean kamacite bandwidth of 1.0±0.2 mm. Neumann bands are visible within kamacite. Schreibersite and graphite are absent in the sections observed. Troilite is present in the form of rounded and bar-shaped inclusions ranging from 2-20 mm across the longest axis, partly surrounded by thin swathing kamacite. Fractures up to 1 mm wide penetrate the meteorite along the kamacite lamellae and are filled with terrestrial oxides, otherwise the interior weathering is very moderate. Fusion crust and heat-affected zones are mostly absent.

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Iron, IAB-sLH, finest Octahedrite

IAB-sLH, finest octahedrite
Xinjiang, China
Find: 2016, Oct. 6
TKW: 700 kg
Endcut 94.35 g

“The find site is 15 km NE of the Mountain Huoyanshan, which was noted in the famous 16th century novel, “A Journey to the West,” as having emerged from pieces of charcoal on fire falling from Heaven” (meteoritical Bulletin no. 106).

This is a 94.35 g endcut with beautiful etch and one natural surface. With a band width of only <0.035 mm, Huoyanshan hides its beauty in the submillimeter range. Viewed with a loupe or stereo microscope, the iron reveals a unique, cryptographic pattern, perpetuating in bizarre cuneiform. Huoyanshan is hard to acquire, difficult to etch, and even more challenging to photograph, yet truly one of the most rewarding meteoritic irons to study.

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€ 940

Canyon Diablo

Coarse octahedrite, IAB-MG

IAB main Group
Winslow, Arizona, USA
Find: 1891
TKW: 30 MT
Individual 2,099 g

The Barringer crater, near Canyon Diablo, where the meteorites were found, was created about 50,000 years ago during the Pleistocene. The mass that excavated the crater was an iron meteorite about 50 meters (160 feet) across. The speed of the impact was ~12.8 kilometers per second (8.0 miles per second). Most of the meteorite was vaporized upon impact, leaving few remains mostly on the crater rims. The main impactor, however, was associated with a swarm of smaller projectiles that hit the surface independently and with much lesser velocities, and many of these were collected from the area as far as several miles from the crater.

This 2.1 kg mass is a sculpted hand specimen with remnant regmaglypts and colorful desert patina. Subsurface weathering has carved out the regmaglypts  and created a unique pattern or sharp ridges and bowl-shaped cavities. Excellent display piece of a historic iron meteorite.

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€ 2,100


Iron meteorite, IIIAB, fine octahedrite
Altay territory, Slavgorod Region, Yarov, Russia
Find: May 1991
TKW: 10.7 kg (one mass)
Fullslice, one side polished and etched, reverse side etched: 166.0 g
The Yarovoye iron meteorite was found near the streambed of a river while plowing virgin soil in May 1991 on the outskirts of the Yarovoye settlement. The mass weighed 10.7 kg, of which ~2.250 kg are kept at the Vernadsky Institute while the remaining 8.4 kg were distributed to museums and to the collector’s market. The meteorite features a beautiful Widmannstätten pattern with a bandwith of 0.2 – 1 mm. As can be seen at the slice pictured, the etched surface also shows a number of schreibersite inclusions. Dimensions of the fullslice are approx. 13.5 x 11.0 x 0.3 cm.
Meteoritical Bulletin

Iron meteorite, IIIAB, octahedrite, MB 103. Click here to view the entry for Yarovoye in the Meteoritical Bulletin data base

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€ 1,550

Aioun el Atrouss 002

Iron meteorite, IIAB, hexaedrite
Hodh el Gharbi, Mauritania
Find: 2015
TKW: 17.2 kg (one mass)
Individual w. cut window 17.1 kg
Sculpted desert iron meteorite with remnant regmaglypts and laterite patina. Subsurface weathering has carved out the regmaglypts on the buried portion of this iron and created a unique pattern or sharp ridges and distinctive bowl-shaped cavities. In contrast, the exposed and windposlished portion developed a rich desert patina. With a weight of >17 kg, this sample of asteroidal core material is a true museum-grade display piece.
One corner has been sectioned for a classification sample. The resulting surface was polished and etched. The etch pattern structurally resembles a hexaedrite with at least two distinct generations of Neumann bands and a pattern of parallel rhabdite planes, which are oriented almost perpendicular to the most prominent set of Neumann lines.
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