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SIKHOTE-ALIN IRON ORIENTED METEORITE
The Sikhote-Alin meteorite in this product is shown in the photographs below. This HIGH QUALITY specimen weighs 7.29 grams and has an AWESOME oriented shape. Looks like a boxing glove sort of. Cool nose, nice rims, big flange...what more do you want? Meteorite will come with a (signed) description card.
The Sikhote-Alin meteorite fell 10:38 a.m. local time on February 12, 1947 in Eastern Siberia. In full daylight, this meteorite broke apart in the Earth’s atmosphere. Appearing as a flaming fireball trailed by a smoke tail, the phenomenon flashed different colors as it made it across the Russian sky. The light was reported as being as bright as the sun! The sound wave scared thousands of people as it passed. About 3.5 miles up from the ground, the largest mass broke apart in a violent explosion. This is a very low altitude for such an event to happen and is highly unusual. Many fragments were detached early in the flight, these proceeded as "individuals" along with the main mass. Several of these show orientation or flight marks. When these meteoroids exploded, either in air or when hitting the ground, they created specimens that are referred to as "shrapnel". The meteorites fell in a elliptical circle of about 1.6 km on snow-covered Sikhote-Alin Mountains. Some fell in trees while others helped create 122 impact craters with diameters from 26 to 0.5 m and with depths ranging from 12 to 1 m. (Note the depths are almost twice the diameters). The main mass is an amazing 1,745 kilogram specimen now on display in Moscow; many other specimens are in museums around the world. The meteorite itself is classified in the Group IIAB, with about 5.9% Nickel and includes minerals such as kamacite, taenite, plessite, schreibersite crystals, rhabites, triolite and chromite. The majority of this meteorite is of course iron.
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