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    KRYMKA - FROM THE UKRAINE, SLICE OF EXTREMELY PRIMITIVE METEORITE, CONTAINING MYSTERITE
    Chondrite - LL 3.2
    Nikolayev, Ukraine - (47° 50'N, 30° 46'E)
    Extremely important to scientists, Krymka is among the most primitive ordinary chondrites known. As it underwent very little metamorphism, Krymka provides scientists a peek at the raw ingredients of our planets. Significantly, Krymka was a witnessed fall (January 21, 1946), and thus had minimal exposure to Earth's elements. (While NWA 5717 is more primitive than Krymka, it was found after centuries in the Sahara.) Krymka has a low-iron content and an abundance of chondrules, as well as a plethora of xenolithic clasts. Some of these clasts are "mysterite" - a fine-grained, dark material that has been noticed in only one other meteorite. Large, rimmed metal-sulfide nodules are also visible in Krymka's matrix as well as graphite microcrystals that are believed to be a metamorphic product from organic compounds. Scientifically exotic, Krymka is an important meteorite for the most serious of collections. Included in this sale is a Lunar and Planetary Science abstract investigating "mysterite." 64 x 52 x 10mm (2.5 x 2 x 0.33 inches) and 28.08 grams

    Provenance: Ukrainian Academy of Sciences




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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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