Stony-Iron - PAL-ANOM (Pallasite)
    Glorieta Mountain, New Mexico

    This is the fine partial slice of the famed Glorieta Mountain meteorite. Less than 1% of all meteorites are pallasites (meteorites which contain crystals of olivine suspended in a nickel-iron matrix) - the most resplendent of all meteorites - and Glorieta Mountain is among the most coveted. Glorieta Mountain is classified as a pallasite (meteorites which contain olivine crystals) yet the vast majority of Glorieta Mountain specimens are bereft of olivine. Glorieta Mountain is a transitional pallasite; there are specimens with no olivine, some olivine and then, there are specimens like the current offering: brightly translucent crystals of olivine (birthstone of August) scattered throughout the matrix. This partial slice originates from the well-documented and historic 20 kilogram Glorieta Mountain mass recovered by meteorite hunter Steve Schoner - following seventy searches of two to three weeks over a period of fifteen years. Glorieta Mountain is chemically and morphologically unique and occupies its own sub-class (a complete slice of this fabled meteorite is the frontispiece of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites). The specimen now offered also contains a liberal sprinkling of large dark grey inclusions of troilite (iron sulfide), a signature of Glorieta Mountain pallasite specimens. 69 x 77 x 3 mm (2¾ x 3 x 7/64 inches) and 54.9 grams.

    Provenance: Macovich Collection

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    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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