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COMPLETE SEYMCHAN METEORITE
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COMPLETE SEYMCHAN METEORITE

PALLASITE – PMG MAGADAN DISTRICT, RUSSIA (62°54’ N, 152°26’ E)

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COMPLETE SEYMCHAN METEORITE
Pallasite – PMG
Magadan District, Russia (62°54’ N, 152°26’ E)
With a patina ranging from ochre to cocoa and the archetypal abrasions that result from excavation, this complete meteorite is so teeming with crystals it glitters when moved under a bright light. Accompanied by a custom armature, this is a superior example
153 x 169 x 59mm (6 x 6 2/3 x 2. 1/3in.)
3.62kg (8lbs)
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Lot Essay

Similar to the previous lot, this is a complete Seymchan pallasitic meteorite replete with olivine and peridot. It was from a meteorite similar to this, but larger, that the sphere in the previous offering had originated. Seymchan is among the most rust-resistant of iron-rich meteorites — perhaps in part the result of its moderately high concentration of iridium, the second densest element and the most corrosion-resistant metal known. This complete specimen was part of a meteorite shower that occurred in the Magadan district of Siberia and originates from the core-mantle boundary of an asteroid.

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