Meteorites

Canyon Diablo Meteorite
 
  
Size: 4 cm x 2.3 cm
39.6 grams

The Canyon Diablo meteorite was first recognized in 1891. The impact crater is located in Coconino County, Arizona about 40 miles west of Flagstaff. The meteorite, estimated to weigh 63,000 tons, hit the earth traveling approx 45,000 miles per hour between 20,000 and 50,000 years ago. Greater than 95% of the meteorite vaporized on impact and these fragments are becoming extremely scarce. The crater is privately owned and the entire area has been closed to collecting for some time.

This is a group IA iron meteorite classed as coarse octahedrite. On average the composition is 90% Iron and 7.1% Nickel with many different trace elements. The are a number of scarce minerals found in it, including kamacite, taenite, scheribersite, triolite, chromite, haxonite, silicates, cohenite and graphite. The resulting impact shock has transformed some graphite into diamond and lonsdaleite.

Southwestern Sales has acquired a small shipment of these very, very scarce Canyon Diablo meteorites. The meteorites in this shipment were extremely weathered and have been wire brushed and cleaned to remove the rust and corrosion with the result being a polished specimen very pleasing in appearance. These specimens will look great on display with your other Canyon Diablo fragments.

Tambo Quemada Meteorite
 
  
Size: 5.5 cm x 2.5 cm
25.8 grams

The Tambo meteorite was first found in 1949 but, due to local superstitions, was not reported until late 1950. There was only one meteorite found weighing 141 kg. The exact location of this find is Tambo Quemada, Leoncio Prado, Ayacucho, Peru. This is a very scarce meteorite with some of it on display in museums and the rest of the mass privately owned. Southwestern Sales has acquired a very limited supply of these scarce meteorite slices directly from the owner of the mass.

This is a group IIIAB iron meteorite classed as an OM octahedrite. It has an 8.7% Nickel content is has a very beautiful Widmanstatten pattern. This is a partial slice with fusion crust from the Tambo Meteorite polished and etched on both sides.
 
Juancheng Meteorite
 
  
Size: 2.9 cm x 1.8 cm
13.5 grams

The Juancheng Meteorite (formerly called Heze) fell at 11:23 pm on February 15, 1997 near the Yellow River in the Shandong Province, China. The meteorite exploded twice after entering our atmosphere. Once over the town of Si-Shuang-Mau and the then again over Deng-Kau. The strewn field is 5 km x 3 km and the total weight is ~100 kilos. The Juancheng Meteorites are very scarce with much of the fall ending up in rice fields under water.

This is a beautiful fusion crusted individual classified as an Olivine-Bronzite Chondrite (H5).

Guang Dong Tektites
 

Size: 3.5 cm x 2.3 cm, 4 cm x 2.0 cm, 3.4 cm x 2.7 cm, 4.2 cm x 1.8 cm, 4 cm x 1.7 cm, 4.5 cm x 2.3 cm, 3 cm x 2.5 cm, 4 cm x 2.3 cm, 3.6 cm x 1.7 cm, 3 cm x 1.7 cm

Very beautiful, jet black Tektites from Nao Ming, Guang Dong, China. These Tektites feature deep pitting and furrowing and have many unusual shapes. Southwestern Sales is pleased to have received a new shipment of these great Tektites. These are a must for all meteorite collectors.

 
NWA 869 Meteorite
 
  
Size: 3.7 cm x 3.1 cm
14.2 grams

Morocco in Northwest Africa has had 100's of meteorite discoveries. The majority of these are common stony chondrites and they are all individually numbered as to year of discovery and an identification tag.

The NWA 869 was found in the summer of 2001 in the Sahara Desert, Morocco and is one of the largest North West African meteorite falls. It was first classified as a L-4 Chondrite and recently reclassified as a L-5 Chondrite. It is one of the most beautiful of the Sahara meteorites and is a must have for your collection. This is a beautiful slice polished on both sides.
 
Henbury Meteorite
 
  
Size: 2.7 cm x 1.8 cm
15.5 grams

The Henbury meteorite fell 4700 years ago in the Northern Territory of Australia. 12 craters resulted from the fall and are located within the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve 145 km SW of Alice Springs and a short distance SW of the town of Henbury, Australia. This is a closed site and no more collecting is allowed. The site was first investigated in May 1931 by RA Alderman based upon Aborigine stories. Between 700kg and 1000kg of meteorites are estimated to have been removed.


This is a group IIIB iron meteorite classed as medium octahedrite. On average the composition is 90% Iron and 7.54% Nickel with many different trace elements.
 
Gibeon Meteorite
 
  

Size: 2 x 1.7 x 1.4 cm
10.5 gram

This is a section of the Gibeon meteorite which fell in 1836. It is mostly native iron. Most of the sides of this specimen have been sawn flat to display the crystal structure of the iron.
 

Photo courtesy of: 

John Veevaert, Trinity Mineral Co

Trinityminerals.com

 

  
Moldavite (tektite variety)
Origin: Moravia, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Sample size: 2.5 x 1.5 x 0.7 cm
 
  
Size: 3.6 x 3.0 x 2.5cm
62 grams
 
From the accompanying literature: "Nantan iron meteorites represent one of the rare witnessed iron meteorite falls in the world. The fall was vividly recorded (in Chinese records): ''During summertime in May of Jiajing 11th year, stars fell from the northwest direction, five to six fold long, waving like snakes and dragons. They were bright as lightning and disappeared in seconds.'' These records show the meteorite to have fallen in the year 1516 AD. The fall site was not discovered until much later, in 1958. The specimens have a coarse octahedral structure, and contain 92.35% iron and 6.96% nickel, belonging to IIICD classification of Wasson et al (1980''s)."

Photo courtesy of: 

Rob Lavinsky

The Arkenstone

 

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