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    Canyon Diablo Meteorite
    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 example. 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 base of the crater. After filing a mining claim, commencing a fruitless drilling operation and even forming a public entity, it was later determined a much smaller Meteorite was responsible for the impact crater. Barringer's dream may not have been realized, but specimens from the worldwide tourist attraction do exist, and excellent represenations like this are very special.
    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.)

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


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    June, 2016
    2nd Thursday
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