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Meteoritical EYE CANDY - Put on your drool bibs!

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#1 Glassthrower

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 08:28 PM

I thought I would share some interesting meteorite photos I have run across on my web travels. I love "eye candy", and there are few things on this Earth more beautiful than a properly-prepared slice of Pallasite, illuminated from behind. It truly is celestial stained-glass. :)

Pallasite grabs the most attention due to it's striking gem-quality olivine (peridot) crystals and it's swiss-cheese-like matrix of nickel iron that honeycombs the olivine. But other meteorite types have beauty and are often overlooked. Here is a good mixture of various types, selected for their aesthetic appearance, or just because they are unusual in some way.

BTW, I'll state for the record : I have no connection with any of the sites linked below. Some of the photos are for specimens that are for sale on various dealer websites, I have no connection with these dealers.

First, the wonderful world of Pallasite :

http://www.nyrockman...ymchan2545g.htm

http://www.nyrockman...ymchan8.3kg.htm

http://www.nyrockman...seum/imilac.htm

http://www.michaelbl.../MK8BrahinW.jpg

http://www.lightning...l_pallasite.jpg

http://www.meteorite...l_pallasite.jpg

http://www.museumwal...8/pallasite.jpg

http://www.bwsmigel....e.gemfrance.jpg

http://meteorites.as...n/albin-big.jpg

http://www.colvir.ne...asite_1445g.jpg

http://www.futura-sc...e-vi_01.jpg.jpg

The best Pallasite photo, I saved for last. Gentleman and ladies, unfurl your drool bibs. Lock away the credit cards. And control your impulses. I present for your consideration, the full glory of Glorieta Pallasite :

http://www.macovich....liceloreshr.jpg

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Another of my favorite rarities, Bencubbinite :

http://www.nyrockman.../gujba-19.1.htm

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Iron can be beautiful!

http://www.aerolite..../gibeon1013.htm

http://www.aerolite....ntain-188-5.htm

http://www.aerolite....po-hole-573.htm

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Cross-polarized and microscopy reveals new wonders :

http://www4.nau.edu/...k-Textures.html

http://www.meteorite...JaH-055-291.jpg

http://www3.sympatic...l/LOSTCREEK.JPG

http://www.geokem.co...c-meteorite.jpg

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I'll dig up some more and post them. :)

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 09:32 PM

Great pics Mike!

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 09:50 PM

:jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :bigshock: :bigshock: :bigshock: holy mother of good these are nice...
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