Description

    Complete Transitional Slice of Seymchan Meteorite - Contains Extraterrestrial Gemstones
    Pallasite - PMG
    Magadan Distric, Siberia, Russia


    It was in the 1960s that two large metallic masses were found in a Siberian streambed not far from one of Stalin's gulags. Identified as Meteorites, the rocks were named Seymchan after a nearby town and classified as part of a rare iron Meteorite subgroup. In 2004, further expeditions to Seymchan resulted in the recovery of many additional specimens and many contained large amounts of olivine crystals resulting in Seymchan Meteorites being reclassified as Pallasites. Less than 0.2% of all Meteorites are Pallasites: the most beautiful extraterrestrial substance known. Pallasites originate from the boundary between the stony mantle and molten iron core of an asteroid which broke apart. Unlike the vast majority of other Pallasitic Meteorites, the dispersion of olivine crystals in Seymchan is extremely heterogeneous, and banding is in evidence with this current example. Seymchan is also among the most rust-resistant of all iron Meteorites-the result of its high concentration of iridium, the most corrosion-resistant metal known and second densest element. This complete slice is teeming with translucent crystals of olivine and Peridot-the August birthstone.
    Overall Measurements: 8.75 x 6.33 x 0.1 inches (22.22 x 16.07 x 0.25 cm), weighs 556.3 gm (19.62 oz.)

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


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    November, 2016
    3rd Thursday
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