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    AN ACTUAL MOON ROCK - SUPERB END-PIECE
    NWA 2995 - Lunar Feldspathic Breccia
    Algeria - Found 2005
    The Moon is among the very rarest substances found on Earth. There are only about 60 lunar meteorites classified, and their total weight is less than 30 kg, of which only around 10 kg is actually available on the market outside museums and institutions, and much of that is in the form of small fragments or slices.

    This is a first-class specimen; the end-piece of the NWA 2995 meteorite found in Algeria in 2005, a very fresh, feldspathic fragmental breccia that contains many FHT (Feldspathic Highlands Terrain) fine-grained rock types including norite, olivine basalt, gabbro and others. Shock-welded by a large nearby meteorite impact which, with the power and force of a nuclear detonation, released massive amounts of thermal radiation and shock waves. Shock-welding occurs when this impact is far enough away that no direct melting occurs, and as the name suggests, it is the shock waves that crush and compress the regolith (lunar surface soil) into a new solid mass. The incredible pressures of these nuclear-strength impacts regularly produce very large zones of shock-welded material which in turn are blasted off the lunar surface by further, even larger impacts. The multiple rock types found in this particular meteorite indicate that the material underwent at least four separate impact events, which successively blasted the lunar rock apart and rewelded it into new breccia; as well as shock melting there is also evidence of thermal or impact melting in pockets and veins. The source material of this breccia was not the usual regolith, but deeper fragmented lunar soil with no exposure to solar wind or cosmic rays.

    This is a superb three-dimensional specimen with an incredible expanse of finely-textured fusion crust, and a cut and polished face almost identical to the Apollo Mission moon rocks, with large white anorthosite fragments leaping from the speckled dark gray matrix. A highly desirable, world-class specimen, it measures approximately 1½ x 1½ x 1 inches and weighs 51.1g.


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    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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