DescriptionCanyon Diablo Meteorite - Select Representation from Meteor Crater, Arizona
Iron coarse octahedrite - IAB-MG
Meteor Crater, Coconino County, Arizona
Approximately 45,000 years ago, this meteorite was part of a small asteroid that plowed into the Arizona desert with the force of more than 100 atomic bombs. While fragments were ejected more than 11 miles away from the point of impact, the main mass vaporized, creating the most famous and best-preserved meteorite crater in the world, the renowned Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona nearly one mile across and 600 feet deep. Canyon Diablo ("Canyon of the Devil") is the quintessential American meteorite, prized by museums and private collectors everywhere, and this is a superior representation. At the turn of the 20th Century, Daniel Barringer reasoned that the crater had to have been created by an enormous mass weighing millions of tons and believed this mass, worth a fortune in nickel and iron, lay under the crater's base. In 1903, Barringer filed a mining claim and commenced a fruitless drilling operation that went on for years. Barringer even formed a public entity to assist in funding the discovery and excavation of the elusive motherlode. Unfortunately for Barringer, scientists later determined that a meteorite much smaller than what Barringer believed existed would possess sufficient energy to blow the huge hole in the desert floor-and would also generate enough heat to vaporize much of its mass. In effect, the mass that Barringer spent the last decades of his life looking for didn't exist-but the current offering does , as does the crater, and the Barringer Family maintains what is today a major international tourist attraction which should not be missed by any reader of this catalog.
Overall Measurements: 5.0 x 3.1 x 2.1 inches (12.6 x 8.0 x 5.4 cm), weighs 1.96 kg (4 lbs., 32 oz.)
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