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Complete Slice of Imilac Meteorite

$3,750

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This complete cross-sectional slice from the Imilac meteorite has been prepared to reveal shimmering olivine and peridot gems embedded in an iron-nickel metallic matrix. The magnificent honeycomb pattern shown here is characteristic of pallasite meteorites, of which Imilac is one of the finest. It was found in 1822 in the Atamaca desert and is notable for its concentration of high-quality olivine. Pallasites are extremely rare. These stony-iron meteorites are fragments of an asteroid which was sufficiently large to undergo differentiation, like our own planet, into a mantle and a core. The pallasite originates from the transitional mantle-core boundary and was set free following a large collision which propelled it out of the asteroid belt and into an Earth-bound orbit. Pallasites such as this represent some of the most stunning extra-terrestrial objects known. "You need to see a well-prepared pallasite only once to have its image indelibly fixed in your mind." O. Richard Norton, Rocks from Space: Meteorites and Meteorite Hunters (1994) Measure: Height on base: 4 1/4 inches.
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 3.25 in (8.26 cm)Diameter: 2.5 in (6.35 cm)
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  • Date of Manufacture:
    4.55 billion years ago
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    London, GB
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    Seller: 428971stDibs: LU1052231018212

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