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    IMILAC METEORITE - COMPLETE SLICE OF A METEORITE
    WITH SPACE GEMS

    PAL - Pallasite
    Atacama Desert, Chile

    As a result of their beauty, pallasites are the most sought-after meteorites, and this select complete slice amply reveals why Imilac is among the most coveted. All pallasitic meteorites-which represent just 1% of all meteorites-originate from the mantle-core boundary of a planetary body that broke apart during the formation of our solar system (whose remnants today orbit the sun between Mars and Jupiter and are collectively referred to as the asteroid belt). There is nothing naturally occurring on Earth that resembles this material. The olivine crystals seen here are the result of small chunks of stony mantle becoming suspended in molten nickel-iron which slowly cooled and crystallized over a million years in the vacuum of outer space. Imilac occasionally contains-as does this dazzling complete slice-gem-quality olivine or peridot, the birthstone of August. This specimen possesses the archetypal dispersion of olivine crystals, a complete rim of fusion crust and a little hook where a crystal at the meteorite's perimeter broke off during impact. Found in the Atacama Desert in Chile-the highest desert on Earth-the source material is now thoroughly exhausted. It is now very difficult to obtain complete slices of what is inarguably some the most resplendent extraterrestrial material known to exist. This is an outstanding example of a renowned meteorite. 122 x 97 x 3 mm (5 x 3.75 x 0.1 inches) and 142.7 grams. Provenance: Macovich Collection of Meteorites.


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    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
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