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    Sikhote-Alin Meteorite "Shrapnel"
    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

    This large and striking example of the Sikhote-Alin iron Meteorite which was seen to fall in eastern Siberia in February of 1947 is a truly superlative example of the "shrapnel" from the fall. Sikhote-Alin was the single largest Meteorite event in recorded human history. Some 101 meteorite craters were formed by the fall, but the features seen in this piece were a result of explosive fragmentation in the atmosphere during flight at an altitude of approximately 6 km, rather than impact with the ground. Meteoriticists estimate that these fragments may have been traveling at speeds of 1,000 meters per second! The USSR Academy of Sciences sent several expeditions to the site, and they reported seeing numerous trees in the impact zone that had been severely damaged by pieces such as this Lot. The angular features and surface striations bear stark witness to the furious energy which ripped the larger, incoming mass apart. Classified as a IIAB iron, Sikhote-Alin is comprised of about 94% Iron, 6% Nickel, and a few trace elements.
    Overall Measurements: 7.48 x 6.22 x 2.09 inches (19.00 x 15.80 x 5.30 cm), weighs 4.034 kg (8.89 lbs.)

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2016
    2nd Thursday
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