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    MUONIONALUSTA - TRIANGULAR SWEDISH METEORITE DISCOVERED ON "METEORITE MEN"
    Iron fine octahedrite - IVA
    Northern Sweden - (67° 48'N, 23° 6'E)
    First discovered in 1906, Muonionalusta meteorites are something of a mystery. Believed to have fallen tens of thousands of years ago, searches for an impact structure have been in vain. Despite this, the remote area of northern Sweden above the Arctic Circle has yielded some impressive finds. Current conjecture is that the meteorites are glacial erratics transported from their original, ancient strewn field. Muonionalusta is the first meteorite discovered to contain the mineral stishovite, a rare and extremely hard polymorph of quartz that requires the pressure from the hypervelocity of an asteroid impact in order to form. When sliced and etched, Muonionalusta also displays the classic Widmanstätten pattern of a fine octahedral iron meteorite (see following two lots), an unearthly metallic grid in shimmering shades of gray and silver.

    While most masses recovered of Muonionalusta are egg-shaped, having been ground down by glacial transport, this specimen is a striking, triangular shape. Discovered on the award-winning Science Channel adventure series, "Meteorite Men," this meteorite is the largest and most attractive of four specimens recovered by hunters Geoff Notkin & Steve Arnold over the course of two televised expeditions. Featured on the cover of Notkin's book, "Meteorite Hunting: How to Find Treasure from Space," this specimen is accompanied by a signed copy of the book with a DVD of the broadcast episodes. 283 x 289 x 124mm (11.25 x 11.33 x 5 inches) and 30.2 kilograms (66.5 pounds)


    Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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