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    GIBEON METEORITE END PIECE - INTRIGUING STUDY OF THE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL STRUCTURE OF AN IRON METEORITE
    Iron, fine octahedrite
    Great Nama Land, Namibia
    Thousands of years ago an enormous iron mass slammed into Earth's upper atmosphere, raining down on the edge of Africa's Kalahari Desert. Tribesmen recently located meteorites from this event with the aid of metal detectors, a method not quite in the tradition of their predecessors who sought and utilized the ductile "metal stones" for spear-points and other tools. When cut, Gibeons exhibit the crystalline structure of its metallic alloys. This octahedral pattern dates back billions of years when the planetary body from which this meteorite originated broke apart. The hot metallic core met with few molecules in the vacuum of deep space to which it could transfer its heat, thus providing the lengthy interval necessary for the formation of its crystalline habit. In effect, this meteorite remained slightly warm in the absolute cold for millions of years. As there is no other environment other than the vacuum of space that provides such long cooling curves, the presence of the pattern seen here is diagnostic in the identification of a meteorite - and the Gibeon pattern is particularly resplendent. Both elegant and sculptural and exhibiting the best attributes of the internal and external structure of an iron meteorite, the shimmering crystalline matrix contrasts dramatically with the rich exterior patina seen on the obverse. 162 x 87 x 31mm (6.25 x 3.5 x 1.25 inches) and 1292 grams (2.85 pounds).


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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