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    Sikhote-Alin Meteorite "Shrapnel"
    Iron, IAB
    Maritime Territory, Siberia, Russia (46°09'36"N, 134° 39'12"E)
    Witnessed Fall: 12 February 1947 10:30 am local time

    Another superlative specimen from the Central Coast Collection, this spectacular example of "shrapnel" from the Sikhote-Alin meteorite is presented on a custom metal armature for a dramatic and impactful display. The mass is huge by most any standards for a piece of "shrapnel" and perfectly exemplifies the sharp edges indicative of torn metal, as well as evidences the violent fragmentation associated with the event. The "shrapnel" fragments were likely the result of explosions during atmospheric entry or upon impact on the frozen tundra. The Sikhote-Alin bolide was a widely witnessed fall, as it occurred during the morning of February 12, 1947. At that time, it was the largest fall in magnitude that had ever been observed in human history. Sikhote-Alin is considered one of the most stable of all iron meteorites and is certainly one of the most aesthetically beautiful with outstanding individuals and "shrapnel" pieces. This massive example weighing nearly 35 kilograms (89 lbs) is robust and stout. The "gun-metal" gray specimen has an artistic appearance as the bold mass exhibits texture with an assortment of stacked layers, sharp edges and fluid motion literally "captured" in the now solid metallic form. This big piece has a convex-concave shape, with the front jutting out to a rounded point, showing visible flow lines.
    Overall Measurements: 12.60 x 11.02 x 6.50 inches (32.00 x 28.00 x 16.50 cm), 34.92 kilograms (77 pounds)

    Provenance: Central Coast Collection

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


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    May, 2018
    5th-6th Saturday-Sunday
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