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Rare & Beautiful Meteorite Found By Missouri Farmer


Last January two amateur meteorite hunters dropped by Randy Korotev’s office at Washington University in St. Louis to show him their latest purchase, a 17-kilogram pallasite meteorite found in 2006 near Conception Junction (population 202) in northwest Missouri.

Korotev, research professor in earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences and an expert in lunar meteorites, identified the stone as of a fragment of an asteroid. His lab also analyzed crystals within the rock to help identify its body of origin, eventually referring the meteorite hunters to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), for analysis of the metal in which the crystals are embedded.

The meteorite is a pallasite, a type of meteorite named for Peter Pallas, a German naturalist who first described one in 1749.

These meteorites consist of green olivine crystals embedded in an iron-nickel matrix like cherries in a pie, a rock type so odd that it was the first to be identified as extraterrestrial.

Full Story: http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/22942.aspx

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