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METEORITES TABLE OF CONTENTS
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from AFRICA (Gibeon,
Northwest Africa 869 - Algeria; Sahara; Zambia (Monze);
MAURITANIA (El Hammami); LIBYA (Dar Al Gani); AUSTRALIA (Henbury); UNITED
STATES (Canyon Diablo - Arizona, Brenham, Kansas); CHINA (Nantan);
and CHILE (Vaca Muerta); Meteorite
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Meteorites from RUSSIA (Sikhote Alin) and ARGENTINA (Campo del Cielo)
3 Tektites from Czechoslovakia (Moldavite) and Thailand
From the state of Oregon, this is the largest
meteorite found in the United Sates and the sixth largest in the world.
Iron-nickel meteorite, composed of 91% iron, 7.62% nickel, and a small
percentage of cobalt and phosphorus.
Now on display at the American Museum of natural
History in New York.
Another meteorite field was found in
1836 by English Army Captain/Explorer Sir James E. Alexander, but it was already
well known and
used by native people for tools and weapons before this as they picked pieces
from the strewn field.
Classified as a fine Octahedrite IVA 7.93% Ni,
0.41% Co, 0.04% P, 2.0 ppm Ga, 0.12 ppm Ge, 2.3 ppm Ir., iron meteorite (the
English version: 90% iron, 8% nickel, 0.4% cobalt and 0.04% phosphorus.
Here are some small specimens available
now (every specimen comes with an information card and map)...
AFRICA METEORITE FRAGMENTS, Gibeon
#X-4. 0.7 gram, 5/16" across.
Hoba Iron Meteorite, the biggest single meteorite known, is
still in the ground in Namibia, Africa. Estimated at 66 tons, part had
rusted away - it may have been 110 tons. Photo from 1920's; this is an
ataxite form of meteorite. WHATTAROCK FROM SPACE!
Some cool Gibeon meteorite pendants made of cut pieces that
show the great Widmanstatten etched pattern in them...
Note: we can do pendants of any of the slices
below for an additional $5. Keep in mind, however, that the
3/16" thick pieces make them heavier than they look.
Many actually resemble the shape of some of
our U.S. states though this is a coincidence and not by design. (we
found Nevada, Virginia, Nebraska, Illinois, Montana, and California, for
17 grams, 1-1/2" long x 7/8" wide x
13 grams, 1-1/4 x 1-3/16 x 3/16" thick
13 grams, 1 x 7/8 x 3/16" thick
14 grams, 1-3/8 x 1-3/16 x 3/16" thick
14 grams, 1-1/2 x 1 x 3/16" thick
17 grams, 1-7/16 x 1-3/8 x 3/16" thick
17 grams, 1-3/4 x 1 x 3/16" thick
18 grams, 1-3/8 x 1-3/16 x 3/16" thick
20 grams, 2 x 1 x 3/16" thick
20 grams, 1-1/4 x 1 x 3/16" thick
20 grams, 2 x 3/4 x 3/16" thick
21 grams, 1-3/16 x 1-1/16 x 3/16" thick
22 grams; 1-9/16 x 1-3/16 x 3/16" thick
23 grams, 1-15/16 x 1-1/8 x 3/16" thick
26 grams, 1-7/8 x 1 x 3/16" thick
#869 METEORITE SLICES
in Riker display Boxes
Box is 4-3/8 x 3-3/8 x 7/8"
thick with glass window.
Discovered in 2000, #869 is one of the
biggest meteorite finds from North West Africa.
It's made of thousand of
fusion-crusted parts being as small as an ounce to over 50 pounds, with a
total weight of 7 metric tons that has been recovered.
fragmental breccia stone Chondrite L-5 Type L3-6, Regolith Breccia, from
Found in 2000, near Tindouf, Algeria.
EL HAMMAMI (Mauritania) METEORITES
with lots of metal flakes
Tiris Zemmour, Mauritania
Ordinary chondrite (H5)
Weighs 5.2 grams
January, an unknown mass of material, possibly broken apart from a single
large stone, was sold to meteorite collectors by nomads near the town of
Mhamid, Morocco; this material has since been resold under the names
Mhamid and Hamada du Draa. The nomads claimed that this meteorite
was found to the south, in Algeria (~29º50'N 5º50'W), in the direction of a
fireball seen in 1995 January. In 1997 September, the same nomads shipped a
fragment of a meteorite that they claimed was seen to fall on 1997 August 10
to Mr. Edwin Thompson. In 1997 November, Thompson traveled to Mauritania and
collected six fresh-looking stones totaling ~200 kg (individual masses of
80, 51, 30, 26, 8, and 4 kg) at the base of the El Hammami Mountains in
Mauritania (1000 km southwest of Mhamid, Morocco), probably in the place
where they fell; fragments of these have been sold by Thompson and other
dealers under the name El Hammami. Classification and mineralogy of
El Hammami stones (A. Rubin,
UCLA): olivine, Fa18.8;
shock stage S2; contains metal veins; petrologic type 5. Classification and
mineralogy of Hamada du Draa
stones (D. Weber, Mün): olivine, Fa19.2; pyroxene Fs17.4;
shock stage S2; contains conspicuous metal-rich veins; petrologic type 5/6;
some of the material appears weathered and rusts easily, but the bulk is
quite fresh. Specimens from El Hammami stones: ~100 kg, Thompson;
type specimen, UCLA. Specimens originally called Hamada du Draa
are now scattered in private collections, and some may remain in Morocco;
type specimen, ~1 kg, Mün.
Because all of the above-described
material seems likely to represent a single fall, the name El Hammami shall be the official
collective name. Mhamid and Hamada du Draa should be
considered only as unofficial synonyms for El Hammami. The total known mass
of material is probably ~240 kg.
DAR AL GANI (Libya) METEORITES
DAR AL GANI 427
(abbreviation DaG 427), Found: Al Jufra, LIBYA
21.49' N / 16° 25.94' E
Find or Fall: Find
Recovered weight: 942 g
Petrologic type: 6
Shock stage: S6
Weighs 2.3 grams
HENBURY (Australia) METEORITES
in Riker box
Box is 4-3/8 x 3-3/8 x 7/8"
thick with glass window.
Iron-nickel meteorite that fell about 5,000
years ago near Henbury Cattle Station outside of Alice Springs in the
Northern Territory of Australia. Discovered in 1931.
original meteor was estimated to have weighed several tons before
disintegrating prior to impact, leaving visible 13 craters, ranging
from 30 to 700 feet wide.
Classified as Medium Octahedrite.
Location: Southern Province, Zambia, 15º 58' S,
27º, 21' E.
Fell: 1950, October 5, 04:10 hrs.
Type: Stone, Ordinary Chondrite L6
Description: A shower of stones fell
over a considerable area including the villages of Chizuni and Chiteba.
Mineralogy, olivine FA25. Analysis, 21.6% total iron.
This specimen weighs 145 grams
CANYON DIABLO METEORITES ARIZONA
Canyon Diablo, Arizona's famous Meteor Crater, is North
America's most famous meteorite site. In Coconino County, Arizona, it was
identified in 1897. 4-5 billion years old, it fell to earth 35-50,000
years ago and left a crater 3/4 of a mile across.
The original meteor
actually vaporized from the impact, but 30 tons of meteors have been recovered
in the large strewn field (now illegal, protected land).
coarse iron (IA) Octahedrite, it is 92% iron and 7% nickel. What a piece
Click on the link below to see an animation of what the impact
is believed to have looked like!
CANYON DIABLO Arizona METEORITES
Most can be made into a simple pendant for $5
more, just ask!
#X-115 Nice solid specimen, 288 grams,
measures 4-1/4" long x 2-1/4" wide x 3/8" thick
#X-149 Genuine meteorite dust & particles from the floor of the
Arizona meteor crater! 1 1/2" square plastic viewing box sent with
magnet. The original meteor
vaporized upon impact, leaving particles such as these. Use the magnet
(included) to see them! Authentication card included.
Found near Winslow, Coconio
County, Arizona. Classified as coarse Octahedrite. In
riker box4-3/8 x 3-3/8
x 7/8" thick with glass window. 26.5 grams
|Below is our stop east of
Flagstaff, Arizona, near Winslow at the famous Meteor Crater.
Large fragments have been found, yet one man
spent his life's fortune and energies digging at the center and all around the
crater trying to find the main meteorite. It turns out the impact was so
violent that the main meteor vaporized. Equipment was finally abandoned at the
bottom (it's soooo far down, it's hard to comprehend from the photos).
will see a cutout of an astronaut figure on the right side of the tenth picture,
showing where the astronauts have trained. Also see the test capsule there
at the Visitor's Center. It was so windy, they closed
down the rim after we stepped back inside the Visitor's Center.
Also note the "road from
nowhere to nowhere" that we came in on.
This meteorite fall was recorded in the year 1516 (sightings of
falls are rare).
"During summertime in May of Jiajing 11th year,
stars fell from the NW direction, 5-6 fold long, waving like snakes and
dragons. They were bright as lightning and disappeared in
From Lihu and Yaozhai towns, the Ladan and Baya area, Nandan County,
Guangxi, China (25.1 N/107.7 E),
the strewn field covers an area 17 miles long x 5 miles wide.
Made of Iron
92.35% (Fe) and (Ni) 6.96% (iron & nickel) and 10 + other rare minerals
including kamacite & taenite, this is coarse octahedral IIICD iron meteorite.
During China's Industrial
Revolution (1958), common
people were told to find all iron to be melted down for the steel furnaces for
the New China, even
using their pots and pans. People picked up these rocks, but could not
melt them. Geologists were sent to investigate, discovering this large
strewn field of genuine meteorites, then finding this quotation in their
historical documents for this area that corroborated what it was.
tell you something else, folks, I forgot about the magnetic properties of
meteorites. I had these sitting next to my computer while I measured and
priced them, and lost LOTS of programs from my computer as a result!
NOT put these specimens next to electronic equipment, okay??
CHINA METEORITE FRAGMENTS
polished, small specimens, average
0.5 gram in each specimen set
$ 8.00 - (you
get exactly what's in the photo)
on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC
I just wanted to send you a
picture of my kiddo, thoroughly happy with all the things you sent!
He especially loved the shark teeth and meterorite pieces and has a big
grin on his face for this pic!
Thanks again for all of your
wonderful customer service, help, care and speed in which we
Hope you are having as wonderful a Christmas as my little guy is today!
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