Iron, IAB-sLH, finest Octahedrite
IAB-sLH, finest octahedrite
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.