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MUONIONALUSTA - IRON METEORITE SLICE WITH SIMILARITY TO A "MASQUERADE BALL MASK". Iron fine octahedrite - IVA. Kiruna,...

2013 June 2 Nature & Science Signature Auction, featuring The Hoppel Collection of Fine Minerals - Dallas #5110

 
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MUONIONALUSTA - IRON METEORITE SLICE WITH SIMILARITY TO A "MASQUERADE BALL MASK"
Iron fine octahedrite - IVA
Kiruna, Norrbotten, Sweden (67o48'N, 23o6'E)

The Muonionalusta Iron meteorite, composed primarily of Iron (Fe) and Nickel (Ni), fell about one million years ago in northern Scandinavia near the border of Sweden and Finland. This specimen gives the appearance of a metal "masquerade ball mask" and features a unique Widmanst├Ątten pattern so characteristic of many iron meteorites. This piece should be kept away from moisture and humidity, and it should not be touched with "sweaty" hands to keep it in top condition. Machine oil applied in light coats periodically can keep it from rusting. The rough and sharp edges give the piece a very natural look even though it is sliced. The piece is an amazing 2.65 mm thick, measures 6.75 x 2.75 inches (17.15 x 6.99 cm) and weighs 148 grams.


[Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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