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Lot
41212

A RARE LL4 TYPE METEORITE . ...

2009 May Signature Natural History Auction #6016

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Auction Ended On: May 17, 2009
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Description:
A RARE LL4 TYPE METEORITE
NWA 984,
LL4 Chondrite
Morocco, Discovered 1999

The LL4 meteorites are among the most primitive and unaltered remnants of the Proto-Solar System, and thus, are highly valued by scientists because they sample a slice of time, approximately 4.565 billion years ago, during the formation of our Solar System. Low number chondrites are also considered to be the most beautiful and sought after of all chondrites because of the multi-colored spheres of which they are comprised. This specimen perfectly shows the gorgeous character of these rare meteorites with its clearly defined chondrules, some of which are very large, and its variety of colors, with its numerous dark green and orange-red to brown chondrules, and pretty orange matrix (i.e. the material between the chondrules). The matrix also exhibits sparse silvery metal and metal sulphide grains further increasing the aesthetic value of this piece. This specimen represents a full slice from a complete stone and possesses a gorgeous rind of black fusion crust around its margins formed from the heat and melting of the surface of the stone during its passage through our atmosphere at cosmic velocities. Measures 55 x 48 mm (2.1 x 1.8 inches) and weighs 28.4 grams.

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