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    Sale 12052

    Science & Natural History

    19 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 35

    AN ADMIRE METEORITE NODULE

    DISCOVERED LYON COUNTY, KANSAS, 1881

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    AN ADMIRE METEORITE NODULE
    DISCOVERED LYON COUNTY, KANSAS, 1881
    the specimen shows the green clusters of olivine, embedded in a metallic iron-nickel mass
    3½in. (9cm.) long


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    Admire is a pallasite formed at the core-mantle boundary of an asteroid that melted about 4.5 billion years ago. Deep inside the asteroid, molten metal from the top of the core mixed with olivine grains (a magnesium-rich silicate mineral) that had crystallized from the mantle and were pulled downwards, towards the core, by the body’s modest gravity. Things remained quiet for Admire until a major collision shattered the asteroid roughly 100 million years ago; this event and subsequent, less-energetic collisions set some of the pallasites on a collision course with Earth. The first piece of Admire to be found was ploughed up in Lyon County, Kansas in 1881.

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