4.25" Sikhote Meteorite

4.25" Sikhote Meteorite

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Quick Overview

Very unique in both shape and pocketing is this awesome Sikhote specimen. The meteorite is thin and spread out. So, you get a much larger looking specimen, at a fraction of the cost of one that would be the same length, but thicker

Measurements: ~4-1/4" Wide x 2-1/2" Deep
Location: Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Siberia
Weight: 382 Grams

More Information:

On February 12, 1947, people in eastern Siberia could see a fireball brighter than the sun descend from the sky over the Sikhote-Alin Mountains, crashing to the ground with a deafening roar heard nearly 200 miles away, An estimated 70 tons of material showered the area in what was the largest witnessed meteorite fall in recorded history. Specimens of this meteorite display "regmaglypts," thumbprint-like depressions, and often have ragged, twisted, and distorted surfaces. This occurred because the meteorite broke up violently at a rather low altitude and was not subjected to the intense ablation, or vaporization of its outer surface, that would have smoothed it during its entry into Earth's atmosphere. The Sikhote Meteorite is a coarse octahedrite make up of iron (93%), nickel (5.9%, phosphorus (.46%), cobalt (.42%), sulfur (.28%) and other trace elements.