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    Iron, fine octahedrite
    Great Nama Land, Namibia
    Gibeon meteorites are composed of a crystalline structure which can be seen upon cutting. While you would never cut the highly sculptural examples in this collection, cutting is an asset to those meteorites which are best exhibited by showing off what they've got inside: a bedazzling otherworldy crystalline latticework unlike anything seen on Earth - and this is a superior example. Millions of years are required for the alloys that chiefly comprise iron meteorites to crystallize. When the planetary body from where this meteorite originated broke apart, the hot metallic core met with few molecules in the vacuum of space to which it could transfer its heat, thus providing sufficient time - millions of years - for the crystalline habit to form. As there is no other environment other than the vacuum of space that provides such long cooling curves, the presence of this pattern is a diagnostic, fool-proof method in the identification of an iron meteorite.

    In striking contrast to the internal structure are the gently curved contours of the external surface in a gunmetal patina, a delicate ridge along the length of the specimen and a large curving protuberance. This is a superior example of the internal and external structures of an iron meteorite. 239 x 211 x 109 mm (9½ x 8½ x 4½ inches) and 11.12 kg (24.5 pounds).

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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