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Imilac Meteorite with Display Stand

Imilac Meteorite with Display Stand

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Quick Overview

Laden with Olivine crystals, this Imilac slice is truly exceptional. The specimen is etched on one side, and highly polished on the other. There's not much more we can say, as the photo speaks for itself. The specimen comes with a small magnetic display stand.
Or, it would look awesome if displayed on an led light tablet.

More Information:

Classification: Stony Iron / Pallisite MG

Discovered: 1822 AD

Measurements: ~ 2" x 2-1/4"

Location: Atamaca Desert, Atamaca, Chile

Weight: 23 grams

The Imilac meteorite dates back to the beginning of our solar system, some 4.5 billion years ago. It's theorized that the Imilac is part of a much larger meteor that may have weighed up to 1,000 kilograms. When entering Earths atmosphere, it exploded over Chile's Atacama Desert, with fragments scattering across the desert.

Imilac meteorites are a form of what's called a Pallasite meteorite. These are meteorites that are composed of minerals and metals formed in the celestial bodies that are found in the the asteroid belt, located in the space between what are now the planets Mars and Jupiter. Those metals and minerals were formed when molten rocks (called planetesimals) were slamming together, creating our solar systems planets. While these planetesimals were in their molten state, the heavier nickle and iron sunk to the center forming its core. The lighter rocks in the planetesimals rose to the top, creating what's called the mantle.

Imilac meteorite are composed of iron, nickel metal and a mineral called olivine. Olivine is an olive green magnesium-iron silicate minerals that crystallize in the orthorhombic system, giving it a variety of translucent coloration. The colors can vary from green to warmish tones, depending upon the percentage of iron. It's thought that olivine is formed where the core and mantle meet. If we cut our Earth in half, its core is in the middle, surrounded by a rocky crust, which eventually forms into a solid crust, which is what we walk upon.

After forming in the asteroid belt billions of years ago, other rocky masses impacted the pallasite / planetesimals, scattering its fragments,sending some of them to Earth. Earth formed in the same way as the above planetesimals, but on a much larger scale and was not impacted to to point of destruction. While still in its molten state, the Earth escaped the asteroid belt and began its rotation around the Sun, slowly completing its spherical form and began to cool. Because Pallasites are similar to the mineralogical composition of Earth they can be useful in researching Earth's geology.