Canyon Diablo Meteorite
Size: 4 cm x 2.3 cm
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
Tambo Quemada Meteorite
Size: 5.5 cm x 2.5 cm
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.
Size: 2.9 cm x 1.8 cm
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
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
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
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.
Size: 2.7 cm x 1.8 cm
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
Size: 2 x 1.7 x 1.4 cm
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.
John Veevaert, Trinity Mineral Co
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
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)."
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