ESQEL PALLASITE METEORITE SLICE SPECIMEN.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 2:10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
Auction #209 - Part I
Item numbers 1 through 1144 in auction 209
As a result of their sheer beauty, pallasites are the most sought after meteorites. Named after 18th Century scientist Peter Pallas, pallasites are exceedingly rare, comprising less than 1% of all known meteorites. Offered here is a 2.5x4.25x.25" thick slice, w/one curved edge of fusion crust (due to the immense heat generated by entry into the atmosphere) and four cut edges that have been polished to a nice glossy sheen. Esquel's crystals were not heavily shocked; as a result, this specimen features highly transparent chartreuse to amber olivine crystals suspended in a nickel-iron matrix. Specimen weighs 108 grams and was found near the Patagonian town of Esquel in the northwest part of Argentina's Chubut Province. It is now difficult to obtain complete slices of what is inarguably the most resplendent extraterrestrial material known to exist due to an exhausted supply. This superior partial slice embodies Esquel's most exquisite qualities - it would prove difficult to find a more beautiful and visually stunning meteorite. Wonderful slice for display. From the Robert M. Overstreet Collection and comes with COA.
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