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    DRAMATIC METEORITE END-PIECE
    Muonionalusta
    Fine (IVA) octahedrite
    Northern Sweden

    Not only is the Muonionalusta an extremely difficult meteorite to recover from the northern wastes of Sweden, but it is also significant as the first iron meteorite in which stishovite has been found, a rare and extremely hard silicon dioxide polymorph of quartz formed by the very high shock pressure and hypervelocity of the meteorite's impact. If sliced open, as here, and etched with nitric acid, the Muonionalusta also displays the classic Widmanstätten patterns of iron meteorites - an unearthly metallic grid in shimmering shades of gray and silver with a pronounced appearance of three-dimensionality in these specimens. And the present example can boast the best of both worlds; a large end section, its exterior covered with a lovely dark-colored fusion crust, finely textured, and with contrasting touches of rust-red coloration. An excellent example of a highly collectible meteorite, it measures approximately 10½ x 4¼ x 2½ inches and weighs 5.8 kilograms (12.75 pounds).


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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