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    Complete Gibeon Meteorite - An Extraterrestrial "Turkey Leg"
    Iron, fine octahedrite - IVA
    Gibeon, Great Nama Land, Namibia

    Recovered from the edge of the Kalahari Desert, Gibeon Iron meteorites are the bounty of a huge meteorite shower that occurred thousands of years ago when an enormous Iron mass (or masses) slammed into Earth's upper atmosphere before exploding and raining down on what is now Namibia. Local tribesmen located the following specimen with the aid of a metal detector, a method not available to their ancestors who fashioned the metal fragments they found into spear-points and tools. Due to a relatively high Nickel content (8 percent), Gibeon is ductile and not as prone to oxidation as other Iron meteorites. When cut and etched, Gibeons exhibit an extremely exquisite fine-octahedral latticework that showcases the crystalline structure of its metallic alloys. However, its most unusual shape -evocative of a large Thanksgiving turkey leg - should keep this meteorite from being cut and served. The attenuated smooth surface as well as the rich mottled patina are the result of a several thousands year residence in the Kalahari Desert. This meteorite can also be positioned in a variety of orientations and comes with a Macovich Collection provenance - the world's finest collection of aesthetic Iron meteorites.
    Overall Measurements: 10.33 x 6.5 x 5 inches (26.1 x 16.7 x 12.7 cm), weighs 13.08 kilograms (28.75 pounds)

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    November, 2017
    4th Saturday
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