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    SIKHOTE-ALIN: "FROZEN FIRE"
    Iron, Coarse Octahedrite - IIAB
    Maritime Territory, Siberia, Russia (46°09'36"N, 134° 39'12"E)
    Witnessed Fall: 12 February 1947 10:30 am local time

    It was really fortunate that the meteorite fall that took place on 12 February 1947 in Siberia took place in a remote and underpopulated area. Had the same amount of hot metal ended up in a city, there would have been enormous damage. Although the Chelyabinsk bolide started with a larger mass before entry, a good portion of it vaporized in the atmosphere and never reached the ground. Conversely, Sikhote-Alin was a smaller bolide, but due to its Nickel-Iron composition a lot more of the initial mass, estimated at 100,000 Kg (220,000 pounds), made it to Earth, where it pummeled an area of approximately 100 square miles with smoking fragments. Of the many pieces of the bolide that have been recovered, most are of the "shrapnel" type: twisted bits of metal with no regmaglypts or other signs of ablation. A much smaller number of the recovered meteorites are "individuals," such as this one - parts of the main bolide that became separated before the main ablation event progressed very far. The hefty individual offered here shows fine regmaglypts, fusion crust and other ablation features including indications of oriented flight, such as the ''frozen" droplets of molten metal on one side that were almost blown off of the mass by the violent and fiery air blast of entry, before freezing in place.
    Overall Measurements: 6.63 x 3.5 x 3.0 inches (16.83 x 8.89 x 7.62 cm), weighs 5.83 lbs (2.64 kg)
    Offered at no reserve.


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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