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    IMPACTITES - BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
    The previous six lots were propelled to Earth as a result of a giant asteroid colliding into an even larger asteroid. What happens when an asteroid collides with Earth? An asteroid pulverized Earth's surface 214 million years ago in central France, in what are now known as the Rochechouart/Chassenon impact structures. It is believed that this particular asteroid weighed approximately 6000 million tons and struck Earth at a speed of 12.4 miles/second, where it unleashed 14 million times more energy than the atomic bomb that devastated Hiroshima. All living things were annihilated within a 300 mile radius and the impact left a crater more than 14 miles in diameter. In addition, the ground metamorphically altered into what is known as impactite-and this lot contains three quite stunning examples of Rochechouart/Chassenon impactite breccia featuring shattered and fused igneous and metamorphic rock. Red: 69 x 48 x 5mm (2.75 x 2 x 0.25 inches) and 29.3 grams. Large tan: 97 x 84 x 9mm (4 x 3.33 x 0.33 inches) and 144.7 grams (0.33 pounds). Light tan: 88 x 77 x 6mm (3.5 x 3.0 x 0.25 inches) and 64.5 grams.

    Provenance: Alain Carion Collection of Meteorites, Paris


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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