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    Fine (IVA) octahedrite
    Northern Sweden

    First discovered in 1906, the Muonionalusta meteorites are believed to have fallen over 500,000 years ago, although only a handful have been recovered, and searches for the impact crater from the original shower have been in vain. But this remote area of northern Sweden, well into the Arctic Circle, has yielded some impressive finds, and it has been conjectured that they may have been transported by glacial action from the original, ancient strewnfield. Rarity and difficulty of recovery make these specimens uncommon on the market, and the present example is of impressive size, measuring approximately 18¾ x 10¾ x 1/8 inches and weighing 2300 grams (5 pounds). The Muonionalusta is also significant as the first iron meteorite in which stishovite was found, a rare and extremely hard silicon dioxide polymorph of quartz that is formed by very high shock pressure and hypervelocity such as in a meteorite impact. Sliced and etched, however, the Muonionalusta also displays the classic Widmanstätten patterns of iron meteorites - an unearthly metallic grid in shimmering shades of gray and silver. The present example retains a full rind of fusion crust and both faces have been etched to reveal the criss-crossing patterns of kamacite and taenite, making for a highly attractive and aesthetic specimen.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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