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    SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE - FROM RENOWNED SIBERIAN METEORITE SHOWER, A CATACLYSMIC EVENT FROZEN IN TIME
    Iron, coarse octahedrite - IIAB
    Maritime Territory, Siberia, Russia - (46° 9' 36"N, 134° 39' 12"E)
    Iron meteorites originate from the molten iron core of what was briefly a planet between Mars and Jupiter that broke apart during the birth of our solar system. Similar to the previous lots, this meteorite originates from the largest shower in recorded history - but its precise heritage makes it all the more interesting.

    Regmaglypts, or "thumbprints," are a feature that results from a meteorite burning through the atmosphere. The current offering, a modest-sized specimen, possesses an improbably large regmaglypt - a size associated with meteorites whose mass is far greater than the meteorite before us. The mystery is solved when flipping this specimen over, which reveals a freshly shorn face. This meteorite was part of a low altitude explosion, where tremendous shearing forces ripped it apart along its crystalline plane. A fascinating example from one of the largest meteorite showers of all time. 128 x 93 x 48mm (5 x 3.66 x 2 inches) and 1379.1 grams (3 pounds)




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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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