DescriptionALLENDE METEORITE - THE OLDEST MATTER ON EARTH IN ONE OF THE LARGEST COMPLETE SLICES OF THE WORLD'S MOST STUDIED METEORITE
Carbonaceous - CV3
Chihuahua, Mexico - (26° 58'N, 105° 19'W)
Like the previous lot, Allende is a carbonaceous chondrite. Unlike the previous lot, Allende is the most studied meteorite in the world, and now offered is one of the largest complete slices. This sample contains particles that formed prior to the formation of our solar system some 4.57 billion years ago. The white inclusions abundantly in evidence are among the first materials to have condensed out of the cooling nebular gases from which our solar system formed. Referred to as calcium-aluminum inclusions (CAIs), they are aggregates of "stardust." Allende is one of the few meteorites to contain such material. In addition, Cal Tech scientists recently announced the discovery of a new mineral found in Allende. The mineral was named panguite after the ancient Chinese god Pan Gu, the creator of the world, who separated yin (earth) from yang (sky).
It was on February 8, 1969 that thousands of Allende meteorites separated out of the sky and pelted an area outside of Chihuahua, Mexico. Most Allendes are small; the meteorite from which this specimen is derived, however, weighed 17 kilograms and was among the largest Allende specimens on record. It was acquired by Robert Haag-the world's most renowned contemporary meteorite hunter - and remained in Mr. Haag's collection for nearly twenty years.
This is one of the finest - and largest - complete slices of Allende to exist. In addition to its many CAIs, this specimen contains rare "dark inclusions," the area of expertise of the late scientist Dr. Martin Prinz of the American Museum of Natural History (see lot 105). Worthy of any major museum collection in the world, this is a singular representation of some of the oldest matter known. A bibliography of 50 scientific papers covering various aspects of Allende meteorites accompanies this lot. 257 x 199 x 4mm (10 x 7.75 x 0.25 inches) and 549.3 grams (1.25 pounds).
Provenance: Robert Haag Collection, Tucson
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