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    SIKHOTE-ALIN - LARGE ETCHED END PIECE
    Iron, IIAB coarse octahedrite
    Paseka, Primorskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia
    When cut, polished, and etched with a weak solution of acid, most iron meteorites display a complex lattice-like crystalline structure known as the Widmanstätten Pattern. The bands that form this structure are the result of extremely slow cooling from a molten state, in space, and are usually very thin. Sikhote-Alin is described as a coarsest octahedrite, meaning the bands are very wide. In fact, in order to see the bands, a very large surface area is required, so etched samples of Sikhote-Alin are seldom seen. This spectacular end cut is actually half of a large specimen, and has been expertly cut, polished, and etched to reveal Sikhote-Alin's unique interior pattern. While the interior is a metallic mirror of nickel-iron kamacite/taenite glistening with pockets of crystalline brezinaite, the exterior features dark metallic fusion crust veined with ridges and texture, rippling like some violent extraterrestrial ocean. A superb large specimen, it measures approximately 7 1/8 x 4½ x 2 1/8 inches, 3,259 grams (7.18 pounds).

    Provenance: Geoff Notkin collection, co-host of Science Channel's award-winning series Meteorite Men.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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