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    A PART SLICE OF THE FUKANG PALLASITE
    Pallasite - PAL
    Fukang, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
    Pallasites are meteorites that originate from the core-mantle boundary of a small planet or asteroid that broke apart during the formation of our solar system; radioactive fission-track dating confirms ages of 4.1 to 4.4 billion years. Pallasites are made-up of a combination of silvery nickel-iron core metal and dense silicates, almost always olivine, often in its gorgeous crystalline form. In addition to its signature large crystals, this specimen also contains peridot which is gem quality olivine. Prized by the ancients Egyptians, peridot can range in color from emerald green to orange to dark smoky jet. The combination of beautiful gemmy crystals of olivine, contrasting with the silvery nickel-iron matrix metal, make pallasites the most beautiful meteorites known, and Fukang is among the best. This fine partial slice measures 4 inches by 1 3/4 inches and weighs 67.76 grams.


    Estimate: $1,800 - $2,400.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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