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GLORIETA MOUNTAIN METEORITE - PARTIAL SLICE. Pallasite - Pal-ANOM. Glorieta Mountain, New Mexico - (35° 36'N, 105° 48'...

2012 October 14 Natural History Signature Meteorite Auction - New York #6089

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Auction Ended On: Oct 14, 2012
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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GLORIETA MOUNTAIN METEORITE - PARTIAL SLICE
Pallasite - Pal-ANOM
Glorieta Mountain, New Mexico - (35° 36'N, 105° 48'W)
Less than 1% of all meteorites are pallasites, a type of meteorite with translucent crystals suspended in a nickel-iron matrix. In 1965, the renowned "Father of Meteoritics," Dr. Harvey Nininger (see lot 49020), befriended a teenaged Steve Schoner and enthralled him with stories of the meteorites at New Mexico's Glorieta Mountain. Schoner's subsequent recovery of tiny meteorite fragments fueled his belief that a large mass was out there...somewhere. In what was more than a decade-long treasure hunt, Schoner made dozens of trips to the rugged environs of Glorieta Mountain, searching for something that many experts believed didn't exist. After seventy searches of two to three weeks each, over fifteen years, Schoner's efforts finally paid off. This partial slice is from the 20-kilogram specimen found by Schoner. As Glorieta Mountain is chemically anomalous, it has its own subtype. This specimen contains peridot - the birthstone of August. 50 x 53 x 2mm (2 x 2 x 0.1 inches) and 30.56 grams.

Provenance: Steve Schoner Collection, Flagstaff

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