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    COMPLETE TRANSITIONAL SLICE OF SEYMCHAN METEORITE FROM THE COLLECTION OF TELEVISION'S "METEORITE MEN"
    Pallasite - PMG
    Magadan District, Russia - (62° 54'N, 152° 26'E)
    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 the 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. Since about 20% of Seymchan specimens contain crystalline olivine, Seymchan was reclassified as a pallasite. Most Seymchan iron meteorites are shapeless lumps of nickel-iron that dazzle when cut to showcase their crystalline internal structure (see lot 49022). Unlike slices of irons or pallasites, this is a gorgeous transitional slice, studded with extraterrestrial olivine crystals in one area and nickel iron matrix in another. From the private collection of Meteorite Man: Geoffrey Notkin. 249 x 188 x 3mm (9 x 7.5 x 0.1 inches) and 708.6 grams (1.5 pounds).




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