PAL - Pallasite
    Atacama Desert, Chile

    The most resplendent extraterrestrial material known to exist, this is a dazzling example of a pallasitic meteorite. Named in honor of the 18th Century scientist Peter Pallas, pallasites comprise less than 1% of all known meteorites. This superlative partial slice of Imilac - a benchmark of fine pallasites - is bordered with one long arc of fusion crust (the outer crust of a meteorite which results from its fiery descent through Earth's atmosphere). Boasting a sparkling mosaic of olivine in its nickel-iron matrix, Imilac occasionally contains, as does this specimen, gem-quality olivine or peridot (the birthstone of August). All pallasitic meteorites originate from the mantle-core boundary of a planetary body that broke apart during the formation of our solar system (the remnants of which orbit the sun between Mars and Jupiter and are collectively referred to as the asteroid belt). The olivine crystals seen here are the result of small chunks of stony mantle becoming suspended in the planet's molten nickel-iron core and then crystallizing during the cooling process. Found in the Atacama Desert in Chile, the highest desert on Earth, the Imilac impact site is now exhausted of material. 228 x 142 x 3mm (9 x 5.5 x 0.1 inches) and 447.65 grams (1 pound).

    Provenance: Macovich Collection

    Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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