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    SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE - EXTRATERRESTRIAL MEDALLION
    Iron, coarse octahedrite - IIAB
    Maritime Territory, Siberia, Russia - (46° 9' 36"N, 134° 39' 12"E)
    There are two distinct types of Sikhote-Alin meteorites: smooth individuals whose sculpting and abundant regmaglypts (thumbprints) are the result of an independent flight through Earth's atmosphere, and shrapnel-like fragments from the low-altitude explosion of an exceedingly large mass. This is the latter. Displaying twisting folds and deep striations on both faces, this specimen is a testament to the shearing force on the meteorite during its descent. Charcoal recesses accented by bright highlights provide a play of shadow and light over the entire piece, which features a naturally formed hole. Witnesses described the Sikhote-Alin impact as terrifying; a nightmarish vision of a churning, tortured sky was followed by a tremendous explosion and shock waves. This is a natural medallion created by the greatest meteorite shower since the dawn of civilization-a vivid token of the interaction between Earth and what lurks beyond. 97 x 92 x 21mm (3.75 x 3.66 x 0.75 inches) and 335.5 grams (0.75 pounds)


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    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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