Iron, Plessitic octahedrite, Ungrouped
The Sahara Desert (near Taza, Morocco)
Also known as NWA 859, Taza is a Nickel-Iron plessitic octahedrite
Meteorite. Geochemically, it is sufficiently unusual to have been
classified as "ungrouped." It originated from the asteroid belt
between Jupiter and Mars and was discovered in the Sahara in 2001,
not far from the town of Taza, Morocco. This is a superior,
fist-sized example of the Taza event which evidences flight
markings as well as cleavage along crystalline planes. Draped in a
variegated ochre patina, this is a terrific Meteorite for its
Overall Measurements: 4.0 x 3.3 x 1.6 inches (10.3 x 8.5 x 4.0
cm), weighs 681.8 gm (24.04 oz.)
[Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]
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