DescriptionNWA 4233 IRON METEORITE - COMPLETE SLICE EVOKES SHAPE OF AUSTRALIA
IAB Complex - Iron
Northwest Africa - Moroccan Sahara
In 2004 at the Hamburg Mineral Fair in Germany, a single mass weighing less than one pound appeared for sale. While it was believed to be a meteorite, its extraterrestrial origin was undetermined until the specimen was subdivided and analyzed. This is a complete slice of NWA 4233-the 4,233rd meteorite to be recovered from the North West African grid of the Sahara Desert and then analyzed and sanctioned by the Meteoritical Society's Nomenclature Committee. Shaped like Australia, this superb representation features a strikingly aesthetic crystalline pattern. As a result of its small mass, specimens of NWA 4233 are exceedingly difficult to obtain, and this would be an unusual addition to any collection.
It measures 42 x 29 x 3mm (1.66 x 1.1 x 0.1 inches) and 14.54 grams.
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