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    A HUGE SLICE OF A MARTIAN METEORITE
    DAG 1037 - basaltic shergottite
    Dar al Gani, Libya, Sahara Desert
    First discovered in 1999, but not identified and described until 2004 (Meteoritical Bulletin number 88), DAG 1037 is one of the most important of the very few Martian meteorites that have been discovered and scientifically classified to date. It contains large shock-melt veins, gas vesicles and shock-altered olivine, indicating that it was very close to, if not precisely at, the impact site of an asteroid which occurred approximately 175 million years ago on the planet Mars, and was the likely source of almost all known Martian meteorites. The composition of this particular specimen includes basalt, cooled lava rich with iron and magnesium, indicating that there was active volcanism on Mars 474 million years ago, proof that it was a living planet, unlike the dead rock of the Moon. Indeed, the early Martian atmosphere was much thicker, warmer and wetter than it is today, possibly even capable of sustaining life. The lovely pale gray-blue-green coloring of this specimen is dotted with black shock-altered olivine crystals, and enlivened by a striking shock-melt vein darting across its surface, and numerous gas vesicles filled with micro-crystals. A rare and exotic piece of great aesthetic character, it boasts a fine lining of excellent fusion crust, and measures approximately 2¾ x 2 x 1/16 inches, 9.796g, presented in a clear collector's case.


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    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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